Chelsea boss reveals why Brighton were the perfect opposition for Hudson-Odoi to make first league start

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed that Brighton & Hove Albion were the perfect opponents for Callum Hudson-Odoi to make his first Premier League start due to the Seagulls style of defending.

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 2:44 am
Updated Thursday, 4th April 2019, 7:32 am
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Picture courtesy of Getty Images.

The starlet was the Blues' star man, as goals from Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured an easy 3-0 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening.

Just as he did in Montenegro for England last week, Hudson-Odoi dazzled with his movement, quick feet, and ability to produce pin-point crosses.

Sarri said: "This match (against Brighton) was very suitable for him because they usually defend tight so he's able to start wide.

"For him there was the possibility to play one-on-one against a defender 25 times in a match.

"He played very well but I was sure about it. As I said in my last press conference, Callum is ready to play every match and in the most difficult matches.

"I was sure about his performance. He played very well."

Despite Hudson-Odoi putting in a superlative display, Sarri stressed that he wanted the hot prospect to remain hungry and reach his potential.

The Italian also joked that he was disappointed with the England winger after he failed to make contact with the ball with the goal at his mercy from six-yards out.

Sarri added: "He is happy but I told him he missed an easy goal in the first-half. He has to stay with his feet on the floor.

"He's a good boy. But it is impossible to be at the top when you're 18.

"He needs to improve and I want him to improve as he can be one of the best players in Europe."

Hudson-Odoi was joined by two other Chelsea academy graduates in the starting XI, with all three putting on excellent performances.

Loftus-Cheek capped a superb midfield display by scoring a gorgeous goal, while Andreas Christensen was cool and composed at the back as Brighton failed to muster any goal threat.

Sarri felt the performances of the trio showed that the future of the club looked bright.

The Italian said: "Loftus (Cheek) for the first time doesn't have a problem with his back. For 20 days he could train everyday.

"Tactically he was ready and he played very well and he scored a wonderful goal.

"We talk about Callum and Ruben but on the pitch I was also impressed by the performance of Christensen.

"They are very important for us at the moment but the potential for them is higher.

"In the future they can become top players. For this team the future could be good."