It may have not been the prettiest of displays by Mauricio Pochettino's side but Chelsea's 3-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion had everything. Goals, a red card, passion, quality and more importantly, three points.
Enzo Fernandez scored his first two goals in the Premier League since his £106.8million move from Benfica at the start of the year. Levi Colwill also put himself on the scoresheet for the first time in blue, heading home against the team he played for last season.
For the second game in a row, Chelsea ended the game with 10-men after Conor Gallagher was sent off. The five yellow cards at Stamford Bridge means Pochettino's men have received the most bookings in the Premier League this season with 47.
Nevertheless, despite a late VAR penalty scare, the Blues held on. «We deserved the victory,» Pochettino said. «When you analyse the game we were very competitive. It was an important victory for us because after (the Newcastle loss) we needed to show a different face, and the team's response was really good.
»I told the players at half-time that we had a massive opportunity to show that we are a team. That was how we took the second half. Yes, we talked about the way we needed to play, but the most important thing with one man less was to challenge Brighton."
Here's how the3-2 win over the Seagulls went down with the national media.
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