Brighton 1 Chelsea 2
Chelsea took on Brighton on Sunday as they looked to build on their 2-0 win over a previously unbeaten Manchester City side.
Chelsea started the day in 4th place but could have slipped out of the top four if Arsenal beat Southampton and Chelsea lost.
Luckily for the Blues, Arsenal would lose 3-2 and Chelsea would pick up all three points.
Pedro would open the scoring for Chelsea in the 17th minute thanks to an Eden Hazard assist.
Hazard would then double Chelsea’s lead in the 33rd minute.
Solly March would pull one back for Brighton in the 66th minute but the score remained 2-1.
Sarri hints at Hazard’s new role
Hazard was one of the best players on the pitch vs Brighton, scoring one and assisting one.
This was the second week in a row that Maurizio Sarri had deployed Hazard as Chelsea’s striker.
Last week Hazard got two assists in Chelsea’s shock 2-0 win over Man City and he was once again a key figure vs the Seagulls.
After these two great displays, Sarri has hinted that Hazard could become Chelsea’s regular centre-forward.
“I think that, for us, he could be very important in this position. He’s able to come out and play with his teammates, very able to create spaces.
“Now I think that, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box.”
Hazard was taken off in the 83rd minute with a slight knock, however, Sarri has said it does not look too serious:
“Eden is okay, it’s only a knock. I spoke with the doctor five minutes ago and it’s not a big problem. Maybe one day to rest, two days at most.”
Morata & Giroud are simply not good enough
While Hazard is not a natural centre-forward, it is not surprise Sarri wants to play the Belgian there given his other two options.
Olivier Giroud has scored just once in 14 league appearances this season for Chelsea.
Morata, on the other hand, has scored five in 14 league games but the Spanaird has missed far too many easy chances this season.