Saturday 7 December 2019

Eden Hazard wants more of the same after scintillating Chelsea display

The Belgium international scored twice for the Blues.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea – Premier League – AMEX Stadium

By Andy Sims, Press Association Sport

Eden Hazard has urged Chelsea to replicate their “brilliant” display at Brighton over the rest of the season.

The Blues shrugged off a lengthy injury and suspension list to thump their hosts 4-0 with two goals from Hazard, one from Willian and a late fourth from Victor Moses.

The second goal – in only the sixth minute – was a breathtaking blur of flicks, tricks and backheels as Hazard and the much-maligned Michy Batshuyai combined to set up Willian just inside the area.

The champions had been stuttering in the top four after three straight draws but roared to their first win of 2018 in style.

Hazard told ChelseaTV: “We started the game very well.

“The combination between Michy, Willian and me, and the midfield, was brilliant so we need to do more like this week after week.

“When I watch the game afterwards I want to see this sort of thing, not just my goals but when we create chances like this.

“I am happy for that, not my two goals, but for the way we are moving, passing the ball, and that is why we love football.

“We try to do this every game; sometimes it happens, sometimes not and in this game it did so we are happy.”

Despite Chelsea’s scintillating display the scoreline was harsh on Brighton, who rattled the woodwork through Davy Propper and, at 2-0 down, had two decent penalty shouts waved away.

Full-back Ezequiel Schelotto was tripped by goalkeeper Willy Caballero and then midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, but referee Jonathan Moss was unconvinced.

“We had a few chances and I thought there were two penalties which they didn’t give,” Schelotto told Brighton’s website.

“The truth is they were obvious penalties.

“It would be an excuse to say that, with those, the result would be different. But I think they would have changed the game.”

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