Timo Werner marked his first appearance for Chelsea with a goal inside four minutes as the new signing from RB Leipzig got off to the best possible start.
The Germany international has been training with his new team-mates for the best part of six months after he gave up the opportunity to take part in the latter stages of the Champions League with Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
Werner made his eagerly anticipated Chelsea bow on the south coast during Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Brighton and hit the ground running.
Fellow new-boy Hakim Ziyech’s pinpoint pass located the run of Callum Hudson-Odoi. The England international winger attempted to find the back of the net himself but made a horrible mess of his attempt, only for his header to land straight at the feet of Werner who gratefully accepted the chance from close range.
‘Good start, first of hopefully many goals!’ the 24-year-old Tweeted afterwards.
The game marked the first time fans have been allowed back into a Premier League ground since a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in March.
Home supporters in attendance thought they would have something to cheer at the start of the second period when Antonio Rudiger’s foul handed Brighton a chance from the penalty sport, but Willy Caballero made a splendid save.
The only real downside for Chelsea was an injury to Ziyech, with the Morocco international, who signed from Ajax, hobbling off early in the second period,