In his first FA Cup start and first full 90 minutes in senior domestic football, Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first teenager to assist two goals in a single competitive fixture for Chelsea since Scott Sinclair versus Leicester in October 2007.
Hudson-Odoi provided two superb crosses for both of Alvaro Morata’s goals as Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
When told about the record, Hudson-Odoi said: “I’m delighted to hear that and hopefully today showed why we are doing well.
“We are working very hard in training every day and I’m proud to make a little bit of history. But it’s not just about myself, it’s about the team – we all did well so it’s congratulations to the team for the victory.”
Hudson-Odoi also spoke of his pride after his first start in the FA Cup for Chelsea.
“I feel really proud to get an opportunity to play and just to help the team get the win we deserved,” said the 18-year-old.
“I think we played really well and our mentality was strong. Alvaro did really well getting his goals and we all worked hard as a team. We deserved the win.”
After a goalless first half where we went close on several occasions, Chelsea scored twice in the second half through Alvaro Morata with Hudson-Odoi providing the assist for both goals.
“That’s the only way,” Hudson-Odoi insists. “If we don’t score, we keep going again and keep pushing until we do get the goal. I think the way we played today, we showed the desire to keep pushing and pushing.
“We know that if we keep making chances the goal will come so we’ve just got to patient sometimes, keep going and, luckily it came together today.”
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has backed Hudson-Odoi to have a bright future.
“He has got everything to make it in world football,” Fabregas said of Hudson-Odoi. “I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top, I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.
“He can be world-class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard. He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.”