Big-spending Chelsea made a confident start to the new Premier League season on Monday as they won 3-1 at Brighton.

New signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both started but it was Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma who scored the goals to secure the victory, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.

Jorginho put Chelsea in front from the penalty spot on 23 minutes after Werner was brought down by the goalkeeper.

Leandro Trossard equalized for Brighton on 54 minutes with a long-range shot that keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga should have held.

But Chelsea restored their lead two minutes later when James banged in a stunning strike from long range and Zouma gave them daylight soon after with a deflected strike.

"Reece James' goal, it had me off my seat and we needed it, we weren't at our best in that period," Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said.

Lampard described the performance as "OK."

"I liked the work ethic," he said. "If you analyze the fact that we've been together as a team for four days, to expect everything to click on day one is difficult. We showed determination and that is a game we might have dropped points in last year.

"We have a lot of attacking players, I want us to be fluid, I want that movement. We weren't as fluid as we can be today but we will work on that."

Chelsea spent almost 200 million dollars on new players this summer and James said the competition for places was inspiring everyone.

"When you bring in high level players it brings the competition up and makes everyone work harder to get into the team," he said.

"They are great players and big names so good additions to the team. 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."

Wolves also enjoyed a winning start to the season after they clinched a 2-0 win at Sheffield United in an early-evening kick-off.

Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss scored the goals for the visitors inside the first six minutes to give Nuno Espirito Santo a win 24 hours after he signed a new three-year deal as manager.

"It has been an amazing three seasons," the manager said.

"I think we create something really special - the identity, the core of the squad, the bonds between us, this is how we operate but we have to stay humble.

"Now I have to prepare the next training session because we play Stoke in the League Cup. We go day by day."

United manager Chris Wilder was asked if he thought his team might face a battle for survival this season.

"I wish I had a pound for everyone who's said that," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"There are 37 games to go. Whatever. Words and statements like there were last year come at us thick and fast if we lose a game.

"If we win a game we're the best thing since sliced bread; if you lose it's second-season syndrome - that's the coverage the Premier League gets."