Chelsea defeated Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day to pile the pressure onto second-place Manchester United.

The Premier League champions were, quite frankly, dreadful in the first-half. Tiemoue Bakayoko was one man in particular who drew a host of criticism for his poor performance in the opening period.

READ MORE: Chelsea fans tear into Tiemoue Bakayoko after poor first-half display.

Less than 60 seconds into the second-half, however, Chelsea took the lead. Cesar Azpilicueta assisted compatriot Alvaro Morata for the sixth time in the Premier League this season, and Morata added to his tally with a smart header. If you missed the goal, you can see it here.

Alvaro Morata

Chelsea were not going to rest on their laurels, however, and swiftly added a second. It was an all Spanish combination once again as Cesc Fabregas’ whipped corner was headed home by Marcos Alonso to double our advantage. Click here to see that one.

Marcos Alonso

After Man United dropped points at home to Burnley, it really is all to place for in our pursuit of finishing as runners-up to champions-elect Manchester City. Here’s our player ratings.

Courtois 7, Azpilicueta 8, Cahill 6, Rudiger 6, Moses 6, Kante 7, Bakayoko 4, Fabregas 8, Alonso 8, Hazard 9, Morata 8. (Subs: Willian 6, Batshuayi 5, Drinkwater 5)

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