‘Much tougher than the Bundesliga’: Kai Havertz speaks out following testing Chelsea debut

Kai Havertz has opened on just how ‘tough’ he found his first experience of English football, after featuring in Chelsea’s victory over Brighton last night.

James & Zouma on target

Frank Lampard’s men made the trip to the Amex 24 hours ago, for their Premier League season opener.

The major talking point ahead of kick-off of course surrounded Chelsea’s summer additions, with Monday’s clash having marked the Blues’ first competitive outing since the arrivals of the likes of Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.

In the end, however, of the latest batch of arrivals at Stamford Bridge, it was just Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who took to the pitch versus Brighton.

And it was the former who quickly went on to make his presence felt, latching onto a loose pass towards the hosts’ goal to earn his side a first-half penalty.

Jorginho, in turn, stepped up to slot away the spot-kick, sending Chelsea into the interval a goal to the good.

The early exchanges of the second 45, however, saw Brighton well on top, eventually resulting in Leandro Trossard deservedly levelling things up.

Just when the Seagulls appeared to be in the ascendancy, though, Chelsea hit back.

A stunning long-range effort courtesy of Reece James put the Londoners swiftly back in front, before a deflected Kurt Zouma effort 10 minutes later made sure of all 3 points for Lampard’s outfit.

Highlights: Brighton 1-3 Chelsea