ALVARO MORATA returned from a ban and headed Chelsea on their approach to a sixth straight Premier League house win.
The Spanish striker, who had missed Saturday’s goalless draw at Everton by way of suspension, nodded house only a minute into the second half to finish Brighton’s resistance at Stamford Bridge.
Then after a torrent of Chelsea strain, Marcos Alonso headed a second on the hour.
Antonio Conte’s males could also be mild years behind distant leaders Manchester Metropolis however no less than their title defence has been extra respectable than most in recent times.
And that has had a lot to do with Morata, the summer time signing from Actual Madrid who has now netted ten league objectives for the champions.
Chris Hughton’s Seagulls have been at their well-drilled finest all through the primary half, limiting Chelsea to solely a few half probabilities, which Tiemoue Bakayoko and Victor Moses did not seize.
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However Conte’s half-time staff speak appeared to insert rockets up his gamers and when Cesar Azpilicueta whipped in a cross from the best, Morata slipped between two defenders and guided a header contained in the close to publish.
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After that launch of rigidity, Chelsea have been all of the sudden rampant.
An excellent through-ball from Cesc Fabregas discovered Bakayoko, who squared for the full of life Eden Hazard – however the Belgian shot broad when he was anticipated to attain.
Alonso then had a curling free-kick pushed away from the highest nook by Matt Ryan, who saved once more from the ensuing nook as Alonso met Fabregas’ centre with a near-post header.
However quickly after Chelsea tried the identical routine from the other flank with higher success – as Fabregas delivered from the left and Alonso headed in.
A swift Chelsea break then ended with a goal-line clearance from Lewis Dunk denying Hazard a objective which his hyperactive efficiency deserved.