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Alireza Jahanbakhsh spoiled Chelsea’s party with a late goal as he scored a stunning overhead kick to level the scores 1-1 between Brighton and Chelsea.
The 26-year-old Iranian had gone 26 games without a goal but finally got one against Chelsea, and he admitted a bit of luck to his stunning strike as well.
“It is an amazing feeling. When I was about to go on, I had a feeling I could have an impact on the game,” Alireza told BBC.
“When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. I’m going to watch it a couple more times.
“It has been a really tough time for me. I have been training well and working hard to get my chance. Luckily, it has gone the way I wanted.
“I’m very glad to help the team win points. I couldn’t start the year any better.”
Following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on New Year’s Day, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed one thing that he learnt from the game.
The Chelsea manager said: “It shows we have work to do because this Christmas period has probably been a small showing of our season so far.
“Tottenham was a fantastic all-round performance, Arsenal showed great spirit and fight for a young group, Southampton we struggled to break a team down and lost the game at home and then today was a game where we should have the mindset to kill it because the opportunity was there in the first half.
“It shows the good and the bad of us so we must remain humble and we must work hard. We’ve had two great results over Christmas but there’s a lot of work to do.”