By Ameenu Shardow
Michael Essien played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
The Ghana midfielder was played in the hole by manager Roberti Di Matteo against the Championship side before 17ooo fans at the Amex Stadium.
The 29-year-old was however unable to prevent the astonishing defeat of the European champions despite going ahead in the 34th minute through Frank Lampard.
Their lead was short-lived as Spanish winger Vincente equalized for the hosts with a sweeping finish.
The game was then turned on its head just before halftime as Brighton went 2-1 up through Ashley Barnes who rifled home a rebound after Will Buckley’s effort was snuffed out by Petr Cech.
The Blues had several chances to get level in the second half with new signing Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres the main culprits.
Chelsea kept pressing for the all important equalizer leaving the door open at the back for Andrew Crofts to finish off in one of Brighton’s quick breakaway.
Saturday’s result goes a long way to prove Chelsea have a lot of work to do before the season opener with Manchester City next week in the Community Shield.