Chelsea recovered from their poor form to beat Brighton 4-0 in the Premier League.
Chelsea recovered from their poor form to beat Brighton 4-0 in the Premier League, with their intricate attacking play proving too much to handle for the hosts.
The Blues made the perfect start to the game, with Eden Hazard taking home a sensational finish from the start. Soon after, Willian doubled the advantage after a surprising interaction between the Chelsea attackers. Hazard scored Chelsea's third at the end, before Victor Moses added a fourth with a cold finish.
The visitors seemed to dominate the possession from the offside by moving the ball without problems around the midfield while Brighton sat down to thwart his opposition.
The persistence of the Chelsea attack was worth it, as the Blues took the lead in the third minute. Hazard took the field, before moving the ball outside. He found space at the penalty spot, before taking a clever touch of Moses' deflected cross before firing a powerful shot into the upper left corner of the net.
In just the fifth minute the visitors doubled their lead, as an excellent team moved to goal. Willian, Michy Batshuayi and Hazard passed magnificently through the Brighton defense with a series of deft touches, before Willian's clean shot flew past a well-beaten Ryan. The game was electric, as Brighton left large gaps in his defense when they tried to hit back.
Less than ten minutes later, a moment of madness by Chelsea closer Willy Caballero was almost costly: the second goalkeeper was sent off the field to stop a cross, but he deflected the ball directly to the attacker Ezequiel Schelotto. The goalkeeper collided with the attacker, causing anguish to local fans, as the referee felt that the challenge had been fair.
Chelsea soon came close to scoring a third, with Tiémoué Bakayoko catching Ryan after driving a low shot into the goal. Close manager position close up.
Caballero, however, almost gave the visitor a goal in the 19th minute after failing to handle a corner of Brighton, and was lucky to see the offside flag lifted when his weak hit caused a setback in the penalty box.
In the 25th minute, the Chelsea attackers again tore Brighton, which culminated in Hazard's fall by Hazard, who forced Ryan to push his effervescent shot around the corner.
Caballero redeemed his previous indecision with a sensational save to deny Tomer Hemed from close range, before half an hour. The Argentine goalkeeper bent to keep the shot, firing his left hand to deflect the shot from the goal. Brighton began to grow in confidence, as the defensive line of Chelsea began to show signs of fragility under pressure.
The hosts took up arms again in the 34th minute, while Bakayoko attacked Schelotto in the penalty area. The referee was not moved, despite the outraged protests of the Italian international.
After the first stages of the second half were delayed by a head injury to Andreas Christensen of Chelsea, the hosts hit the crossbar in the 49th minute. With the Blues defender waiting to return to the field, Schelotto He knocked down the left wing before skillfully finding Davy Pröpper in the box. His powerful header hit the keeper but was rejected by the wood.
A surprising rescue of Ryan denied Willian the second of the afternoon, as he collapsed to push Willian's free-kick into the post and out to safety.
With less than 15 minutes on the clock, the Blues put the game in bed with their third goal of the match . Willian found Hazard with a deft passive ball to start a counterattack, before Batshuayi's intelligent run allowed him the space to advance home from 12 yards. Hazard's dribbling skills proved a real touch of class, as the Brighton defense simply crumbled against his dancing feet.
With the time of the injury approaching, Chelsea re-entered, while the ball of Charles Musonda was delicately controlled by Moses, who slipped through the goal before Cooly put the ball past Ryan to add the icing on the cake.
Conte's team achieved a comfortable victory, having produced the type of attack screen they had been crying for in the last few weeks.