“Very sloppy at defence”, “He’s so poor”: Some Chelsea fans point fingers at star man despite 2-1 win + Match report

Brighton 1-2 Chelsea: Hazard magic show seals the win for the Blues

Chelsea claimed all three points with a comfortable 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, thanks to first-half strikes from Pedro and Eden Hazard.

The visitors showed more intent and caught the game by the scruff of the neck right from the kick-off. Eden Hazard created the breakthrough after David Luiz’s free-kick and Marcos Alonso’s close-range effort were saved by goalkeeper Matt Ryan.

The Belgian drove through the Brighton defence and lit up the scene with an intelligent pass to pick out the run of Pedro at the far post who put the Blues in the driver’s seat with the simplest of tap-ins.

Chelsea continued to threaten and chances were few and far between for the Seagulls. Solly March found some space and called Kepa Arrizabalaga into action with a powerful long-range effort but that didn’t cause the Spaniard any major headaches.

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However, the pressure from Chelsea was absolutely relentless and Eden Hazard once again made the home side pay for just the slightest of mistakes. Leon Balogun’s attempted pass was intercepted by Willian who set Hazard free with a delightful pass and the Belgian literally outpaced three Brighton defenders in a ridiculous manner to guide the ball past a rather helpless Matt Ryan.

It could have been 3-0 for the Blues before halftime but Antonio Rudiger fired his header tantalisingly wide of the post from a corner.

Brighton saw more of the ball in the second half and created a few chances. However, Chelsea could have had a third goal when Marcos Alonso’s thunderous effort from about 20 yards shook the frame of the goal.

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Solly March took advantage of some sloppy defending by David Luiz to pull one back for Chris Hughton’s side in the 66th-minute but the Seagulls couldn’t manage to breach Chelsea’s defence for the second time.

The victory means that Chelsea remain 4th in the standings, eight points behind leaders Liverpool, and the Blues have a tricky fixture coming up against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Here’s how the Chelsea fans reacted to the 2-1 away win:

Written by Sayan

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