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Sarri thanks Chelsea fans as Blues beat Brighton 3-0

Maurizio Sarri has thanked the Chelsea fans for their support during Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Brighton.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured a much-needed win for Sarri’s side, who now sit only outside the Premier League’s top four on goal difference.

Manager Sarri has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following an underwhelming debut season, with the fans having been vocal with their frustrations.

The 60-year-old this week asked the fans to turn their attentions to supporting the players, and was full of praise for the club’s fan base following the win at Stamford Bridge.

“We played good football,” Sarri told the BBC”. “We conceded nothing, only one goal opportunity in the last minute. We did very well and scored three wonderful goals.

“In this match we played like we did in the first part of the season.

“I think so [Chelsea looked fresh]. After 50 matches it’s very difficult to play every three days. We needed to change. We’re lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period. We’re lucky.

“Callum played very well and defended very well. He has improved during the season a lot. He’s ready to play 90 minutes in very important matches. The only problem is Ruben, who had cramp in his hamstring after 75 minutes. I want to be sure his back is OK.

“The atmosphere was really good. I want to say thank you to our fans. They were with us for 90 minutes.”