Chelsea’s winless run in the Premier League extended to four matches on Tuesday, as a 1-1 draw away to Brighton and Hove Albion saw their slender titles hopes endure yet more damage.
Hakim Ziyech’s opportunist strike gave Thomas Tuchel’s side the lead against the run of play in the 28th moment however they lacked spark and could have no complaints.
Brighton were rewarded for their endeavour when Adam Webster smashed a header past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour after some intense home pressure.
Chelsea started to dominate late on yet couldn’t get a victory as Brighton dug deep to protect their point.
Ninth-placed Brighton have now drawn 11 games this current season and Webster said they were frustrated not to get all three points against the European champions.
“I think for the whole game we were the better team. They had a spell at the end but other than that we were the dominant team and on another day hopefully get three points,” he said.
“We looked tired,” Tuchel, whose side have played 15 matches since the beginning of December, said. “We tried everything but you could see we are mentally and physically tired.”