Chelsea beat Brighton 2-Zero on Boxing Day, with objectives on the day coming from Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea started the sport the higher of the 2 sides, however regardless of wanting harmful they did not create any clear minimize probabilities within the first half. Cesc Fabregas was on the coronary heart of all the pieces that the Blues created, and within the 18th minute his facet almost broke the impasse.
An amazing cross from Fabregas picked out Antonio Rudiger on the again submit, who headed the ball again right down to
Chelsea continued to threaten, and within the 25th minute, they created one other probability. It was Fabregas once more who was the instigator. His chipped by means of ball discovered Victor Moses, who volleyed straight at Mat Ryan from solely 5 yards out.
Regardless of being on the back-foot for almost all of the primary interval, Brighton went into the break all sq..
The house facet got here out of the traps rapidly after the break, and within the 46th minute, they had been forward.
It was a traditional aim for the Blues, as Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata mixed as soon as once more. It was a cross from Azpilicueta that picked out Morata who headed dwelling from shut vary.
6 – Cesar Azpilicueta has assisted Alvaro Morata for six Premier League objectives this season – the joint-most for one @ChelseaFC participant to a different in a single season (Fabregas-Costa 14-15 and Lampard-Drogba 09-10). Amigos.
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The Blues kicked on after their aim, and within the 60th minute, they’d their second. Spaniard Marcos Alonso scored with a glancing header from a Fabregas nook, and at this level, Chelsea had full management of proceedings.
Together with Fabregas, Eden Hazard was one in every of Chelsea’s finest gamers, and within the 65th minute, he almost scored his facet’s third.
After a improbable break from N’Golo Kante, Hazard discovered himself one on one with Ryan, however regardless of beating the Seagulls primary, Brighton captain Lewis Dunk cleared the ball off the road.
Chelsea completed the sport as winners, and the win retains them third and in touching distance of second place Manchester United. As for Brighton, it was one other defeat on the highway.