Chelsea fans were surely bouncing off the walls when the line-up for the Brighton clash was announced but, 90 minutes and three great goals later, they will have been drooling – both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi started and were influential, while Eden Hazard registered another top class performance.
Former Crystal Palace loanee Loftus-Cheek netted an almost identical goal to his Belgian teammate, cutting in onto his right foot and finding the top corner with ease, while England newbie Hudson-Odoi laid on Olivier Giroud for the opener.
Maurizio Sarri has been reluctant to use the Three Lions duo this season – in fact, Wednesday saw Hudson-Odoi make his first start in the Premier League all season – and they showed the Neapolitan exactly what he’s been missing out on since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
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Some Chelsea fans on Twitter were quick to respond to Hazard, who has been perennially linked with a move to Real Madrid, while others were giving Sarri the ‘I told you so’ spiel – you can check out the best of the reaction below…
Don’t get teammates like that at Real.
— #CarefreeDaily – Cult leader ? (@EmenaIo) April 3, 2019
I think he will if this is what he stands to gain, just the smile on his face playing alongside RLC and CHO, the pace the flow the understanding the challenge between them the confidence in each other’s abilities it’s amazing I think he stays #CFC
— PCrow ‘The 12TH MAN’ (@PCrow19) April 3, 2019
The link up play between you all was ?????????????
— Tayo Oviosu (@oviosu) 3 April 2019
RLC CHO Hazard on XI pic.twitter.com/pvyXkpQVIz
— ? (@yoruba_boy2) 3 April 2019
Top performance. Callum Hudson-Odoi & Ruben Loftus-Cheek standout performers with Hazard. Today they proved that they should be starting week in week out.
Also special mention to Andreas Christensen. Great player, and we get a clean sheet. Imagine my shock.
— Lav (@LavCFC) April 3, 2019
Hudson-Odoi with an assist, Ruben Loftus-Cheek with another goal, and Hazard scores too, against Brighton. Just imagine if Sarri the amateur had been playing these three together all at the same time for more of this season. Hardworking talented young players. #SarriOut #CHEBHA
— Sam Montari (@Montari04) April 3, 2019
This is what happens when they all play together, I'm in tears man. I love this game!!
— Mod (@CFCMod_) April 3, 2019