- Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton
- The Belgian star netted a goal and assited another to see off the Seagulls
- Chelsea sit fourth on the Premier League standings with 37 points, two behind third-placed Spurs
Premier League giants, Chelsea, on Sunday, December 16 continued their impressive run in the EPL after defeating a stubborn Brighton side 2-1 at Amex stadium to maintain a grip on the top four.
The South Coast trip came in the back drop of Chelsea's magnificent win over Manchester City last weekend that ended the Citizens' Premier League unbeaten run.
The Sunday clash saw Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, field a relatively stronger side from one that drew 2-2 against Hungarian side, Vidi FC.
The Italian tactician started Belgian star Eden Hazard, dropping Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud who featured in the Europa League tie.
Hazard went on to inspire his side to an important victory that saw the Blues mount more pressure on third-placed Tottenham Hotspurs.
Pedro opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 17th minute, tapping the ball in from close range after Hazard squaring from the left.
Hazard made it 2-0 for the visitors' in the 33rd minute, with the 27-year-old benefiting from Willian's pass on the half-way line.
Upon the resumption of the second half, Chelsea kept pressing and were close to scoring a third but Hazard failed to get onto the end of Azpilicueta's cross.
Brighton pulled one back through March in the 63rd minute,with the Englishman firing past Kepa to instill a glimmer of hope for the home fans.
However, despite the hosts dominating proceedings in the dying minutes of the match, the Blues managed to hold on to secure a vital 2-1 victory.
Sarri's men sit fourth on the Premier League standings with 37 points, two behind Spurs who are third.