Chelsea 3 -0 Brighton Callum Hudson Odoi impresses as Blues go fifth

Ruben Loftus-Cheek adds gloss as Chelsea make light work of Brighton
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is “lucky” to have so many squad options as a new-look side cruised to Premier League victory over Brighton with three excellent goals.

Olivier Giroud flicked home Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross before Eden Hazard curled home from the edge of the box from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass.

Loftus-Cheek then scored an excellent 25-yard strike into the top corner to seal victory.

All three goals involved players who have played more minutes in the Europa League than the Premier League this season.

“After 50 matches it’s very difficult to play every three days,” Sarri told BBC Sport. “We needed to change. We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period.”

The Blues, who have won their past 10 games against the Seagulls since 1967, move up to fifth in the league.

Next up for Chris Hughton’s Brighton is Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

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