Chelsea defeated Brighton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as goals from Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi gave Chelsea the win.
Chelsea were dominant against the Seagulls, as the Blues dominated the game from start to finish. Olivier Giroud and Hudson-Odoi combined well for the first goal which was converted by Giroud.
Giroud set up Callum Hudson-Odoi to score when the pair last started together, in the Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev. Yesterday against Brighton the roles were reversed, with the French striker this time benefitting from Hudson-Odoi’s display on the flank.
“I just said to Callum when you have the opportunity to cross have the first post as your first intention,” Giroud said.
“I know he loves to dribble past his defender on the outside and after cross strongly to the first post, so yeah, we’ve done well. It was a good cross and a good finish I have to say.
“I had to kick it in the air because the keeper was on the ground. It was tight, but I was happy for the team and myself.”
It was Hudson-Odoi’s first start in the Premier League, and Giroud was asked to assess the winger’s first league start for Chelsea, and Giroud admitted why his impressive performance came as no surprise to him.
“He is working well in training. He is improving. He has got huge potential. He’s still young and I am sure he will become a top, top player. He needs to play more games but it’s coming.
“He is a very good player but a good man as well in the dressing room. I like his mentality, so England can be happy to have him.”
“Wow! The one from Eden is typically what he can do in training. He just puts himself in a good shooting position, dribbling past players.
“The keeper was a bit unlucky because the two goals, Ruben’s one as well, was very hard in the top corner. Magnificent!”