Frank Lampard gave us a glimpse of his new dynamic duo but they were almost upstaged by the one that got away.
German pair Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were the jewels in the crown of a Chelsea spending spree that will end up topping the £230m mark.
But while Werner fizzed and sparkled, winning a first-half penalty which Jorginho scored, Havertz was hit and miss.
And the best player on the pitch was youngster Tariq Lamptey, who set up Leandro Trossard’s equaliser for unlucky Brighton.
Chelsea sold Lamptey to the Seagulls in January but his pace and delivery from wide right caused them all sorts of problems.
And it wasn’t until Kurt Zouma added to an absolutely spectacular strike from Reece James that the points looked safe.
Chelsea fans licking their lips at a summer of change got their wish to see some of the new faces with their big-money Germans both starting.
And Lampard gave a show of faith to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was dropped at the end of last season and spent all summer wondering if he would be sold.
It was a big night for the Spaniard with Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy coming in to push him for the No 1 shirt.
The Seagulls can only dream of making the kind of signings Chelsea did. And while they handed a debut to Adam Lallana, he limped off in the first half.
Brighton’s form fell off a cliff after the turn of the year, but they still finished last season with their highest Premier League points tally.
And they got stuck in early doors in this one, with former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey looking lively and Leandro Trossard looking dangerous.
There were flashes from Chelsea’s new boys. Some darting runs from Werner. Some clever link-up play from Havertz.
But they didn’t really threaten until Werner went through the gears to win a penalty after being played in by Jorginho, pouncing on poor pass from Steven Alzate.
It was no surprise when Jorginho then sent Mat Ryan the wrong way from the spot. He’s now scored eight out of eight penalties for the club.
Brighton certainly had their moments, with Kepa saving well from Alzate. But Ryan did well to stop a fierce Werner shot at his near post before the half was over.
Aaron Connolly hit the side netting and Lamptey had a shot blocked after terrifying Marcos Alonso with his pace as the Seagulls started the second half strongly.
Lamptey then set up Trossard for the equaliser, a dipping strike from the edge of the box that Kepa should have done better with.
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Since he joined Chelsea in 2018, the Spaniard has conceded 19 Premier League goals from outside the box – more than any other goalkeeper.
His blushes were spared here though as Chelsea went straight back in front when James smashed a screamer into the top corner from even further out.
But Brighton kept plugging away and continued to look the more dangerous team – until Zouma’s shot from a James corner took a wicked deflection off Adam Webster.
It was Zouma’s first league goal for the Blues in five years and he celebrated like a man who knew it.
After that Chelsea tightened the screws, dominating possession and pinning the tiring Seagulls back.
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