Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may well have been content with Saturday’s drubbing of Chris Hughton’s Brighton side, but he warned his players against resting on their laurels.
This was only the tenth time the two sides have faced one another, and on the five occasions the two sides have met in the league, Chelsea came out on top every time.
After three minutes of this game, it appeared clear that it was unlikely to be a sixth time lucky for the hots. A Victor Moses deflected shot, fell into the path of Eden Hazard, who thumped the ball past Matthew Ryan.
Brighton’s three-man defence, with Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy at its core, was under pressure again just three minutes later. Willian completed a fine team move to make it 2-0.
Essentially there was no way back for Brighton as Chelsea’s dominance continued.
However, Conte doesn’t want his side to take their collective foot off the gas.
Speaking after the game, he said it was a good game and a good result for his side, but that his players needed to refocus.
“At the same time, from tomorrow, every single player who scored today has to forget about that, and try to score again against Arsenal. This is the most important thing: to be happy for today’s performance, but from tomorrow to start to think about another important game.”
Chelsea travel to The Emirates on Wednesday evening for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal.
It is all to play for after the first leg ended in a frustrating 0-0 stalemate at Stamford Bridge.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena