Brighton boss Chris Hughton: Scoreline flattered Chelsea

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: Scoreline flattered Chelsea

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: Scoreline flattered Chelsea

Antonio Conte claimed those doubting Premier League champions Chelsea must "pay attention" after the Eden Hazard-inspired 4-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Brazil worldwide started the intricate move with a pass to Hazard, who flicked the ball to Batshuayi before his compatriot backheeled the ball for Willian to rifle his strike past Mathew Ryan in the Brighton goal.

"There were a lot of positives to take from today, but it wasn't like us to concede the goals that we did".

"Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker, but if we are scoring goals we are the best attack in the league and no one can say we need a striker". But during the game we showed great personality.

"This means means we are performing important work with these players to win in this way, despite five players being out today: Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Thibaut Courtois, two suspensions in Pedro and (Alvaro) Morata". "He's a very important player for us and he done very well".

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Chelsea had it tough during the week, with Norwich City taking them all the way to penalties in their FA Cup third round replay, although the Blues eventually advanced to the next round.

Chelsea lost defender Andreas Christensen to a head injury, with referee Moss eventually leading the player off after he had insisted on playing on despite being clearly dazed.

However, The Blues put in an impressive performance against Chris Hughton's men, and ran out convincing 4-0 winners, much to the delight of their manager Antonio Conte. "We made a substitution, but the player didn't want to come off".

"Now we have to play in two days against Brighton at 12.30". I'm pleased with the responses of all the players. "For tomorrow's training session he is ready".

While 2017 ended with Chelsea winning five of their last six games, they are yet to taste victory in five so far in 2018. "He is a young striker and it is normal for him to struggle a bit in this league, but at the same time I think he is progressing very well".

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