Chelsea boss Graham Potter suffered a humiliating return to Brighton as his former membership ended his unbeaten begin with a shocking 4-1 victory on the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Potter had gone 9 video games with out defeat since leaving Brighton to take cost of the Blues.
However Brighton ruined the Chelsea chief’s first reunion with the Seagulls as their new supervisor Roberto De Zerbi loved his maiden success following his arrival to exchange Potter.
Brighton raced right into a commanding half-time lead, with personal targets from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah compounding Potter’s distress following Leandro Trossard’s early opener.
Kai Havertz pulled a objective again simply after half-time however Pascal Gross’s late strike rubbed salt into Potter’s wounds.
Potter was jeered when he stepped off the Chelsea staff bus and endured mocking, if unrealistic, chants of “you are getting sacked within the morning” from the Brighton trustworthy by way of his aspect’s dismal show.
It was a day to neglect for Potter, whose staff dropped to fifth place and now path leaders Manchester Metropolis by eight factors.
After securing their place within the Champions League final 16 with a midweek win in Salzburg, Chelsea appeared torpid proper from the beginning of their first defeat towards Brighton since 1933.
Chelsea captain Thiago Silva had already twice been pressured to move off his personal goal-line, first to disclaim Trossard after which Pervis Estupinan, when Brighton took a fifth minute lead.
Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma claimed the help on his full Premier League debut, choosing out Trossard, who rounded Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to say his seventh objective of the season.
Albion doubled their benefit with simply 14 minutes on the clock.
Solly March’s inswinging nook induced chaos and Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek may solely divert the ball into his personal internet through the underside of the crossbar.
“Potter, what is the rating?” rang across the Amex Stadium as Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic by some means fired extensive with the objective gaping after Robert Sanchez pushed away Conor Gallagher’s preliminary effort.
Spain goalkeeper Sanchez then went one higher, producing a shocking one-handed diving save to show Gallagher’s flicked header over the crossbar.
However Chelsea’s transient revival was extinguished three minutes earlier than the interval.
Chalobah did the injury, diverting the ball past Kepa into his personal internet after Estupinan lower the ball again from the left.
4 minutes after the break, Gallagher delivered an inviting cross from the appropriate following Loftus-Cheek’s lay-off and Havertz escaped Albion’s defence to move dwelling.
Chelsea dominated for a lot of the ultimate 25 minutes however their embarrassment was full within the remaining moments when Gross tapped in on the rebound after Julio Enciso was denied by substitute keeper Edouard Mendy.