Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were in amazing form as Chelsea defeated Brighton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The duo scored similar goals as Chelsea went on to beat the Seagulls in comfortable fashion.
Olivier Giroud had put Chelsea ahead in the first half with a close-range finish, but Hazard and Loftus-Cheek scored brilliant curling goals from outside the box in the second-half.
Hazard scored his 14th goal of the season by skipping past two Brighton players and curling in a nice effort from the edge of the box for Chelsea’s second goal.
Loftus-Cheek followed suit three minutes afterwards by bending in a brilliant one from the same position howbeit with a more difficult technique to score the third for his side.
Loftus-Cheek joked after the game by claiming he scored a better goal than Hazard, as he wrote on Twitter: “Eden I did it better.” Hazard gave him a cheeky response by replying: “Cos you learnt from the best my friend.”
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with Loftus-Cheek’s performance and gave an update of a persistent injury Loftus-Cheek has been battling with after the game.
The manager said: “Loftus-Cheek for the first time in the season is without his problem in his back. In the last 20 days he was able to have training every day. Today he played very well, he scored a wonderful goal. After 75 minutes he had a little problem with his hamstring, nothing serious, only cramp I think, but tomorrow I want to be sure about the situation with his back because that is the big problem.”
Another Chelsea academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi had a good game but couldn’t get on the scoresheet, and 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 said: “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.