Premier League, Chelsea go fourth after 0-0 draw: Records broken
Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea claimed a 0-0 draw at home against Brighton in the Premier League to go fourth. However, with fans gathering outside Stamford Bridge in leading protests against the European Super League, the tie was perhaps secondary. There was a lack of focus with everything happening around. However, it's two points dropped for Chelsea, who withdrew from the Super League. Here's more.
Chelsea's decision to pull out came before kick-off
The news broke before the Brighton clash that Chelsea were preparing to pull out of the European Super League at the same time as their fans were protesting the club's inclusion outside Stamford Bridge. The Blues' notice of withdrawal from the proposed Super League, was followed by that of Manchester City. Meanwhile, the other four English clubs joined them later on.
Chelsea in contention to qualify for UCL
In order to qualify for the Champions League, the Blues will need to finish among the top four in the English top flight. Chelsea can also qualify if they win the Champions League 2020-21 trophy. They are in the UCL semis and face Real Madrid. After 32 games, Chelsea are on 55 points, tied with West Ham. However, they have a superior goal difference.
Notable stats for Brighton
Brighton have kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Interestingly, eight of those have come since the turn of the year. As per Opta, this is their best return in a top-flight campaign since 1981-82 (14). Since winning promotion in 2017, the Seagulls have drawn more Premier League games 0-0 than any other side (17), including each of their last two.
Tuchel's Chelsea continue solid work defensively
Tuchel's Chelsea side have conceded just 0.62 goals per game in the Premier League (eight in 13). This is the second-best ratio of any Blues boss to oversee 10+ games after Luiz Felipe Scolari (0.6 - 15 in 25 games). Chelsea goal-keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept five clean sheets in a row in all competitions for the Blues.