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Ruben Loftus-Cheek adds gloss as Chelsea make light work of Brighton

Nights like these must leave those associated with Chelsea’s academy purring. The sight of Callum Hudson-Odoi tormenting his markers on a first top-flight start, or Ruben Loftus-Cheek conjuring a goal of such majesty to smooth comfortable victory, surely make it all worthwhile. “We’ve worked all our lives for this chance, years of hard work, and now we start in a Premier League game together,” Loftus-Cheek said, his younger teammate at his side. “That’s so good for the academy.”

Throw in Andreas Christensen, schooled at Brondby but with Chelsea from the age of 15, helping to snuff out Brighton’s rare glimpses of reward and this club could bask in some homegrown cheer. Maurizio Sarri’s apparent reluctance to blood such youthful talent from the start of games this season has contributed to the sense of exasperation undermining his tenure. Yet he finally deemed the time right and the majority could revel in the injection of wide-eyed enthusiasm, pace, strength and no little quality to ensure there was no repeat of the rancour which rained down at Cardiff at the weekend.

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