Southgate correct: Callum Hudson-Odoi is a player (with video)

Chelsea 3 Brighton 0

Giroud 38 Hazard 60 Loftus-Cheek 63


Stamford Bridge again with my friend Rob.

Verdict: football’s much easier to understand when you’re at the match:

1. It’s the finesse of Hazard’s finishing that makes him world class.

2. Jorgino is a metronome, not a playmaker.

3. Hudson-Odoi is 18 and STARTED and created the breakthrough with a cutback to the near-post which Giroud converted from one yard. He was facing the other way and his foot was planted  but he allowed the ball to hit his boot and fly into the back of the net before he fell backwards.

4. The main thing about Loftus-Cheek (23) is his skill, not his size.

Soon after main man Hazard scored with a beautiful shot from outside the box, Loftus-Cheek scored again with an even better-placed shot from a similar distance

The first half was one-way-traffic because Chelsea have world class skills and controlled the game.

Sarri’s style of football is solid but predictable because Jorgino directs traffic from centrefield, deciding whether the ball should go left or right or forward.

It’s not exciting to watch but it’s safe and steady.

N’Golo Kante is the best central midfielder in the world.  He won the league for Leicester and then Chelsea signed him and he won the title for them and then Kante won the World Cup with France last year.

But Sarri plays him out of position as a presser in the front 40, as an attacking ball-winner.

We knew that the Spurs-Crystal Palace game had been 0-0 at half-time. Then Son scored and Eriksen made it safe.

Pochettino had won his first game in the new stadium.

KDB was in hot form as Man City beat Cardiff 2-0. He scored the first goal with his left foot from a preposterous angle.

Thousands left after 80 minutes and we joined the rush round to Fulham Broadway Station to catch an eastbound District Line.

I’d been using Fulham Broadway for years before my mate Ian Dury wrote this clever song.