Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi got his first ever Premier League start as the Blues defeated Brighton 3-0 in a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The 18-year-old had only started in cup fixtures, the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup, but Maurizio Sarri had revealed that he didn’t feel it was time for Sarri to get his first start in the Premier League.
It has been a breakthrough season for Hudson-Odoi who just recently got his first England call-up, and not only made his debut for the Three Lions, but he also started his first game, and impressed in both matches with an assist.
There have been mounting pressure for Sarri to start Hudson-Odoi in the Premier League, and Sarri eventually revealed that he’ll give the youngster a chance in the game against Brighton.
Hudson-Odoi started against the Seagulls and the youngster was very impressive. He created Chelsea’s first goal with a good footwork and crossing the ball for Olivier Giroud to send home.
The youngster revealed before the game that Sarri told him to express himself on the pitch, and he was comfortable doing so.
Speaking after the 3-0 win, Hudson-Odoi said: “I am very happy for the win and we all worked hard.
“We had to get rhythm and bounced back well. Today we got told the team and had to prepare mentally.
“The manager told me to go and express myself. I feel comfortable, hopefully I did well.”
Another Chelsea academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also on the pitch and the 23-year-old had a good game and scored Chelsea’s third goal with a brilliant curling finish from just outside the box.
Speaking after the game, Loftus-Cheek admitted that himself and Hudson-Odoi has worked very hard to get to this level of playing for the Chelsea senior team, having started out as kids from the academy.
Loftus-Cheek added: “We have both worked all of our lives for this chance, years of hard work and now we start in a Premier League game together. That’s good for the academy.”