Brighton claim their first ever point at Stamford Bridge after catching Chelsea on an off day.
Potter’s men were defensively resolute and had the best chances to win this with Lallana firing wide and Welbeck hitting the post.
Brighton’s Ben White was sent off after collecting a second yellow card for a challenge on Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea lose momentum in the top four race. They have more pressing things to deal with.
The most significant moves were made in boardrooms and on Zoom calls, as presidents, chairmen and lawyers tried to deal with the chaos caused by the attempted breakaway competition.
On Sunday, Chelsea were confirmed as one of the 12 founding members of the European Super League (ESL).
In a world of financial uncertainty created by the pandemic, the game’s elite felt compelled to create a tournament that gave them guarantees; the promise of economic security.
The Super League would mean they would never again have to worry about missing out on European qualification. But this wasn’t just an abandonment of UEFA and it’s cup competitions; it was a threat to the competitiveness of the Premier League.
The backlash was brutal. Chelsea weren’t being championed as a super-club; they were cast as super-villains, along with every other willing ESL participant, for undermining the traditions of European football and its 125-year history.
This momentous move was viewed as an attack on sporting merit, and an affront to the fans who invest so much time and money in their beloved clubs.
Thankfully, Chelsea eventually saw sense after 48 hours of madness. Just as Cech was calling for calm, it emerged that the Blues were preparing the relevant paperwork to leave the Super League.
What followed was a mixture of relief and joy – and not just for the Chelsea supporters outside the stadium, who celebrated the news like a last-minute winner, but also every genuine football fan across the globe.
This draw leaves Chelsea fourth in the Premier League table, ahead of West Ham United on goal difference. Tuchel’s team are still on track but they have some soul searching to do.
It’s a welcome point for Brighton who stay 16th, seven points above Fulham now.
The Seagulls may be slightly wasteful in front of goal but they play the right way and are surely too solid to go down.
Chelsea must now prepare for their big trip to West Ham this weekend which will go a long way towards deciding who reaches the Champions League. The Blues are still favourites if they want to be a part of it.