Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea continued their return to form in the English Premier League with a convincing 3-0 victory at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.
An 18-year-old wonderkid made his first league start, as he helped The Blues maintain the push for a UEFA Champions League spot.
A former Chelsea legend will make a return to Stamford Bridge for the first time in four years.
Monday night football sees the return of The Blues’ annual anti-discrimination initiative.
And, the club remembers a blue icon, one year after his passing.
Chelsea 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
The Blues made it two league wins in a row as they brushed off Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
The struggles away at Cardiff City when Sarri’s men left it late to snatch three points seemed a far cry away in contrast to the performance at The Bridge.
Despite being in control, the boys in blue only managed to take the lead on the 38th minute, when Callum Hudson-Odoi’s brilliantly driven cross found the feet of Olivier Giroud for his second league goal of the season.
The dominance continued in the second half as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass found Eden Hazard, who struck a neat curling effort from inside the box past keeper Matthew Ryan.
A third was added three minutes later when Loftus-Cheek rounded off a brilliant performance with an almost identical finish to the one from Hazard.
Chelsea’s victory moved them up to fifth and are now level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
First English Premier League start for Blues starlet
Amidst the win, one player’s dream finally came true when Hudson-Odoi was handed his first league start in a blue shirt.
In an unusual case, his first start came after he had already played twice for England and played four times in the UEFA Europa League this season.
However, the youngster grabbed the opportunity with arguably a Man of the Match performance, as he assisted Giroud’s first goal and commanded the right flank throughout the game.
Drogba back at The Bridge
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will make a return to the Bridge in June as part of Soccer Aid 2019.
The 41-year-old will play on the pitch that saw him claim immortal status at the football club, it will also see him play at The Bridge for the first time since his return in 2015.
Drogba had two spells at South West London, the first was from 2004 until 2012 and the final time being for one season in 2014/2015.
In that time, the powerful Ivorian won four league titles, three League Cup’s, four FA Cup’s and the coveted UEFA Champions League in 2012 when he scored the equaliser and the winning penalty in the memorable shootout against Bayern Munich.
Game for equality returns
Monday’s English Premier League London derby will see The Pensioners host West Ham United, where the yearly Game for Equality will make a return through the Building Bridges initiative.
Building Bridges aim to underline the need to combat all forms of discrimination and before kick-off, the players will warm up in t-shirts with that in mind.
As well as wearing Game for Equality t-shirts, the first team will also pride the Building Bridges logo on their kit.
One year has passed since the passing of Chelsea icon Ray Wilkins.
The popular blues figure died at the age of 61 at St. George’s Hospital in London, and at that incredibly sad time, the news of the tragedy brought the footballing world together.
His illustrious career saw him well travelled within Europe, having spent six years at Chelsea, as well as having spells at Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Parks Rangers and Crystal Palace to name a few.
Wilkins played 694 times domestically and scored 48 goals from midfield before moving into management, where as an assistant manager at The Blues, he won an English Premier League title, three FA Cups and an FA Community Shield.