Chelsea star Reece James makes new signing claim after Frank Lampard’s side beat Brighton

Chelsea right-back Reece James says the arrival of new signings has already added pressure onto every member of Frank Lampard’s squad. Chelsea started their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday. Blues fans got their first glimpse of striker Timo Werner and attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.

Werner and Havertz failed to get on the scoresheet, with the latter only having one week in training ahead of the match.

Fellow new signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell missed out due to injury and Thiago Silva is not yet ready to play.

But James says bringing in players of that calibre adds huge competition for places at Stamford Bridge.

“They are great players and big names so good additions to the team,” James told the BBC.

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“They will help us move forward. It’s going to put pressure on everyone and make everybody lift their game.

“There’s more competition in the team and better players so that will help us a lot.

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“The aim in football is always to win. Luckily we got off to a good start so hopefully we can keep on improving.”

James was named man of the match after collecting a goal and an assist at the Amex.

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Jorginho gave Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half after Werner was brought down by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan.

Leandro Trossard equalised from long range 10 minutes after half time but James’ thunderous strike almost immediately restored Chelsea’s advantage.

A deflected Kurt Zouma goal sealed the win for Lampard’s side.

And James admitted Chelsea had to put everything into the match to come away with the points.

He told Sky Sports: “We knew it was going to be tough coming here and we knew we would have to put in everything to get the three points and I think we did that. We had to push up a gear.

“As the games go on we are only to get stronger. There are new players in the team so we have to gel and get stronger week by week.

“When you bring in high level players it brings the competition up and makes everyone work harder to get into the team.”

Chelsea’s next match is at home to defending champions Liverpool next Sunday (4.30pm).

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