Chelsea got a second consecutive win in the Premier League as the Blues followed the win against Cardiff City with a 3-0 win over Brighton that has boosted Chelsea’s hopes of a Champions League finish.
The victory sees Chelsea move above Manchester United in the Premier League table as Sarri’s side are now fifth, and level on points with Arsenal and one behind third-placed Tottenham.
Chelsea were dominant against the Seagulls from start to finish and goals from Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea the desired win and the massive three points following Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves on Tuesday.
Brighton face Premier League champions Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup this weekend, and Seagulls defender Shane Duffy admitted that his side prepared hard to beat Chelsea all week but at the end couldn’t cope with the quality of Chelsea’s team.
He said: “We had a game plan which worked for periods, it’s hard to take and they have real quality.
“We have talked about this game all week, this is more important than the semi-final but it was always going to be difficult. It’s more important to stay in the league but we got undone by quality.
“We are always confident in our squad, it’s a strong group. We can get through bad patches.”
Despite the 3-0 win, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri said after the game that the match wasn’t an easy one.
“The match was not easy,” he said. “We played very well and at the end it seems like it was easy, but we deserved to win.
“We deserved to win 3-0 because we played a very good match with the right level of enthusiasm, with the right level of intensity for 75 minutes, of course not in the last 15 minutes, but we deserved to win.”