Poyet expects Chelsea improvement after surprising Brighton defeat

The former Stamford Bridge favourite guided the Seagulls to a surprise victory over a strong starting line-up, but insists Roberto Di Matteo should not be worried

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet insisted the Blues would improve ahead of the new season despite his lower-league Brighton side defeating the Champions League winners 3-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Frank Lampard struck first to give Roberto Di Matteo’s side the lead, but two goals shortly before half-time put the Championship outfit in front before they added a third late on to seal victory to condem the west London side to their third pre-season defeat in a row.

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However, Poyet, who made over 100 appearances for the Blues after moving to the club in 1997, believes the west London side do not need to be alarmed by their current form, and instead attributed Brigton’s victory to their motivation at playing the European champions.

"For us this was the biggest game ever, but for them it was just an extra game so it is not the same,” Poyet told the club’s official website.

He agreed with Roberto Di Matteo’s comments that the Blues lacked intensity, but also praised his own team's efforts, adding: "I'm sure they will get there.

"I can see what he means, but I am sure they will get it back because they are world-class players, and as soon as they are playing for something it is going to be different for sure.

"We tried to make it difficult. Normally a friendly game is very open but we defended deep with nine players behind the ball.

"Any good team is difficult to beat when they get tight and play for each other, and it's an important game for them."

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FA Cup winners Chelsea will face Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday at Villa Park, and Poyet expected a more accurate reflection of the Blues’ quality in that match.

He concluded: "I won't be surprised if they come out and are unbelievable, because I know how those players are. They will give something extra."