Chelsea extended their winless Premier League run to four games and missed the chance to go second in the table after drawing 1-1 with Brighton.
Thomas Tuchel’s side could have gone above Liverpool with victory at the Amex Stadium, and they went ahead during a first-half lull as Hakim Ziyech hammered home from the top of the area in the 28th minute.
Brighton showed plenty of promise without much end product and looked headed for another result where the scoreline did match their performance. But on the hour, an unmarked Adam Webster – named captain for the evening – nodded home to see the Seagulls go five games unbeaten in the Premier League.
Tuchel gave his assessment of Chelsea’s performance to BT Sport after the game, saying: “We looked tired. We knew they were well prepared, had more time to prepare for this match and you see at the end after the whistle, the stadium celebrated like it was a victory. That is what you face.
“We need our full strength to overcome these obstacles, so no blame for the team. We tried everything, but you could see we were mentally and physically tired.