They did not disappoint.
[ RECAP: Chelsea 3-0 Brighton and Hove Albion ]
Hudson-Odoi cued up Olivier Giroud for the game’s first goal and Loftus-Cheek had a goal and an assist as Chelsea bossed Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
“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 okay.”
We knew both players had it in them, especially after the star run from Loftus-Cheek at Crystal Palace last season.
Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek admitted that they were quite ready for their chance to make a proper Premier League impact.
“We have both worked all of our lives for this chance, years of hard work and now we start in a Premier League game together,” Loftus-Cheek said. “That’s good for the academy.”
Hudson-Odoi measured his words, no surprise given his status as a teenager on one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“The manager told me to go and express myself. I feel comfortable, hopefully I did well.”