Maurizio Sarri pinpoints importance of Chelsea trio that have come from academy

Chelsea’s Sarri plays down Kepa row as misunderstanding

…if we want to achieve our targets we have to improve – Chelsea captain

Cesar Azpilicueta scored an offside goal and Ruben Loftus-Cheek nabbed a victor moments after Chelsea was absolved a pretty obvious red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.

"Years of hard work and now we start in a Premier League game together". The English youngsters were joined by Andreas Christensen as the third academy product to feature in the Chelsea side that overwhelmed Brighton & Hove Albion and kept them in the race for a place in the top four.

And a fifth tweeted: "Hudson Odoi. starts and gets an assist". He missed a glorious chance to cap his evening when he kicked the... N'Golo Kante comes back in to the side after being rested last time out while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also starts in midfield. I was sure about his performance and he played very well.

"They played very well", Sarri said of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek.

"Every match is very hard, every team is really very strong". Of course, now, he can risk stopping to improve because he can risk thinking that he is a player at 100 percent, but that's not true.

"(Higuain) said to me that it's hard, because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong", the Italian said, according to Sky Sports.

However, with seven matches left, defender Cesar Azpilicueta feels it is up to the players to "create a good atmosphere on the pitch".

Sarri said, "We played good football".

While Warnock is likely to change his mind once his anger subsides, his team selection will be closely monitored by Liverpool, who are fighting with City for the title.

"I decided at the beginning of the season that he has to stay with us and I put him in the squad".

However, the 60-year-old is remaining positive, claiming he understands fan frustration and insisting Chelsea's form hasn't been as bad as many are saying.

It was Giroud's first Premier League goal since November and his 11th in all competitions, rewarding Sarri's decision to pick him instead of the misfiring Gonzalo Higuain. "We have won 33 games [in all competitions] and I think in England only Manchester City did better than us".

"I am not happy, of course, but I am not concerned".

"Solly felt his calf tightening, so we're hoping that he came off at the right time", said Hughton.

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