Eden Hazard was the talk of the South Coast after his two goals helped light up our 4-0 win on Saturday and as part of his celebrations at the end, he gave his shirt to a young Brighton fan.
It was Hazard who opened the scoring against the Seagulls just three minutes into the first Premier League game of the weekend and he was involved in the outstandingly slick move that led to Willian doubling the advantage with only three minutes more played. Hazard extended that lead close to the end with a memorable solo strike with Victor Moses adding the icing on what was a first win this calendar year, and a return to our true goalscoring form. It was finding the net twice so early on that was key to our flowing football according to the Belgian.
‘When you score early you have confidence to play so it is more easy to move,’ he explained. ‘When the game is close, sometimes you don’t find space between the lines. In this game we did, we had confidence to play and try a lot of things that normally you don’t try because it is 0-0 or we are winning 1-0.
‘We started the game very well. The combination between Michy, Willian and me, and the midfield was brilliant, so we need to do more like this week after week. But at the end of the first half we had a problem and even though Thibaut was not here, Willy [Caballero] was there and he saved some goals today and at the end of the game we won by 4-0 and that was good.
‘It was 4-0 but also he [Caballero] did a great performance and everyone watching the game can see this. He did it against Norwich three days ago and now again so he is a really good goalkeeper.’
For Hazard, having the chance to play like he did and score his first goals in open play since the start of December, the first of which was the 100th league goal of his career for Chelsea and Lille combined, was pure joy.
‘It is my job to score. Every game I try to score goals and create chances and that is why I like to play football, to enjoy on the pitch and score goals.
‘When I watch the game after I want to see this sort of thing [the way Chelsea played against Brighton], not just my goals but when we create chances like this. I am happy for that, not my two goals, but for the way we are moving, passing the ball, and that is why we love football. We try to do this every game, sometimes it happens, sometimes not and in this game it did so we are happy.’
- You can watch Hazard’s shirt handover below…