Eden Hazard and Willian on target in Premier League

Eden Hazard and Willian on target in Premier League

Antonio Conte's side were without a win in five games in all competitions heading into the clash on the south coast, but Hazard set the Blues on their way in the third minute before Willian rounded off a sensational team goal three minutes later to give the visitors the flawless start.

Hazard scored the opener after just three minutes when his quick feet help evade a tackle and fire in for his 100th league goal of his career - 36 for former club Lille and 64 for the Premier League champions.

On a day where Hazard shone, here are five things we learned.

Meanwhile Chelsea attacker Willian marked his 50th consecutive appearance in the Premier League, the longest current run of successive games in the division among outfield players, with a fine goal.

Any encouragement for Brighton was generally punctured by the irresistible Hazard, who strode forward to play in Willian once more, with Mat Ryan saving well at his near post.

"It's my job (scoring goals), that's why I like to play football", said Hazard.

Chelsea were two goals up inside six minutes and while Brighton recovered well, missed chances and two rejected penalty appeals prevented them from getting a foothold in the game.

With 10 minutes left in the half, Schelotto was brought down in the box again after a coming together with Tiemoue Bakayoko, but Moss still didn't point to the spot and instead, the Argentine picked up a booking for his protests. They caused Chelsea problems and had VAR been in use they could well have been awarded a penalty when Schelotto was felled.

The Italian denied his side had been drifting towards a crisis after a run of five successive draws, the last of which came against Norwich City in the FA Cup in midweek and was settled with a penalty shoot-out. Solly March and Tomer Hemed were the other changes from the 2-0 loss at West Brom last weekend.

Willian and Hazard linked up superbly, evading the attention of opposition markers by regularly taking up positions on the outside of Brighton's central midfielders.

Goals remain elusive for Brighton and this was their 13th shutout of the campaign, something recording signing Jurgen Locadia - looking on from the stands after his arrival from PSV - will hope to remedy. I think at first it's a hard decision to make because Jon can not see it as he is on the wrong side of Cabellero, his hand shields him.

Brighton's final opportunity to get back into the game was spurned on 66 minutes when Caballero blocked from Schelotto at point-blank range, after the Brighton wing-back's persistence earned him the chance.



Other news