Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League - 3 April 2019

The Blues now sit sixth in the table, just one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and face Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before hosting West Ham United on Monday.

"Hudson-Odoi with an assist".

Hudson-Odoi has been tipped for a long time to make it at Chelsea.

Hazard has hit three goals in as many Premier League games against Albion and, ahead of Wednesday's meeting at Stamford Bridge, Hughton admits he would not be disappointed if the forward was again left out of Sarri's starting XI.

Sarri also addressed the controversy which surrounded Azpilicueta's equaliser which turned the tide in the game against Cardiff and set Chelsea on course for a victory which had appeared most unlikely for large parts of the game on Sunday.

The 18-year-old has been used sparingly in the league by manager Maurizio Sarri, but has got his big chance against the Seagulls, with Pedro making way for him.

"In pre-season after four or five training sessions, I realised that Callum was a player with very great potential".

"I know the fans want us to win, and when the results are not there, we are all responsible". Callum is always in my mind.

Hughton has demanded an improved performance from his players after a below-par display in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton dragged them back into relegation danger.

"He will probably start tomorrow or in the next match".

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Sarri hasn't helped himself after aiming a subtle dig at Chelsea's protesting fans when he said after he Cardiff escape that they would have been better waiting to see the final score before turning on him.

The Blues were perhaps fortuitous to pick up a win against Cardiff City in their last game as they were on the right end of a bad refereeing decision, and will hope to put in a more assertive display against Brighton. I am not concerned. I can understand, I can understand very well.

"Probably we started very well and so our fans thought that everything was really very easy for us but it isn't true".

"Sometimes they need to rest but now they are OK, I think".

The former Napoli boss said that he although he understood the criticism, he was not happy with hearing the chanting, adding that he believes Chelsea "are not doing so badly" during his first season in charge.

  • Fernando Stephens