Three Chelsea Academy graduates made an impact in Wednesday night’s win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge, with Andreas Christensen in the defence that kept a clean sheet, Callum Hudson-Odoi crossing for the opening goal and Ruben Loftus-Cheek completing the scoring in the 3-0 win with a fabulous strike.
Two of those players analysed their contributions afterwards and spoke about the significance, especially with Hudson-Odoi playing his first Premier League 90 minutes.
‘It is what we have worked hard for all our lives, to come through the Academy with years of hard work to get the chance to start a Premier League game,’ noted Loftus-Cheek, who now has 63 Chelsea appearances to his name. ‘It is good for the Academy and for us personally.’
He moved on to discuss his goal. ‘I knew I had space behind me so I opened up and the shot was on so I went for it, and luckily it went in the top corner.’
Hudson-Odoi revealed what Maurizio Sarri said to him before the game began, having selected the 18-year-old alongside Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard in an all-changed front three.
‘He told me before the game to do what I normally do and express myself and be the best you can be. I feel comfortable and when you go through the game you feel more and more confident to get the ball and hopefully I did well.
‘Eden switched the ball out to me and I had space,’ is the youngster’s recollection of the build-up to Olivier Giroud netting the first goal. ‘I thought to myself it is a one v one and I love one v ones, so as soon as I got the ball I thought just get at him and try and get the ball in as soon as possible, because I saw Olly make the run so as soon as I got the ball, I played it to the front post.
‘I am very happy for the win, we all did well, we worked very hard from the start and the mentality from everyone was very good.’