Brighton vs Chelsea - Can Blues regain scoring touch on the South coast?
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 21, 2018,
Jan 21, 2018, 7:38
Despite the controversy which surrounded Chelsea's FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday, Saturday's game between the Blues and Brighton showed that the Video Assistant Referee is required in the Premier League. The encounter had a lively start to it, with just six minutes passing and the scoreline reading an astounding 2-0.
Hazard netted his second goal of the match in the 77th minute, calmly rolling the ball into the bottom left to cement Chelsea's lead. 4-0 was the scoreline, but it could have been more.
Morata had two weak efforts on goal the same night he went to ground easily under a challenge from Christoph Zimmerman.
And just like that, it was 2-0.
It started with Willian poking the ball forward to Hazard, who helped it on first-time to Michy Batshuayi. Brighton will look to Glen Murray and Anthony Knockaert up front for creativity and goals and if they continue to get the production from Colombian front man Izquierdo then Brighton could shock Chelsea on Saturday. It had the swiftness of a great counterattack, the one-touch combination play reserved for the world's best, and a belting, swerving finish. Moses scampered down the right flank, and his cross deflected into the path of Hazard, who shifted the ball brilliantly on to his right foot before lashing a strike past Mathew Ryan.
Three minutes later, Willian had made it two. In the last period we hadn't scored a lot but today we scored four goals.
Baldock has had to wait for his Premier League debut this term but finally got on the pitch in the defeat at West Brom last weekend and admits he fulfilled a dream when coming on as a second-half sub. Bright right back Ezequiel Schelotto was a pest all afternoon.
For a spell of around 30 minutes in the first half, Hazard was at his bewitching best. On another day, one absolutely could have been given.
Caballero made a goal-saving, acrobatic save to thwart Tomer Hemed's nearly flawless downward header on 30 min utes. First Davy Propper headed against the bar for the Seagulls, then Willian's free-kick was tipped on to the post by Ryan. Impressively, the Blues won comfortably without top scorer Alvaro Morata and first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while Brighton will be nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone with just three points separating themselves from Stoke in 18th.