Cesc Fabregas sends four-word message to 21-year-old Chelsea player after yesterday's display

Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed during yesterday’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa, which prompted a four-word message from ex-Blues star Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League during Sunday’s game after back-to-back draws in the top division.

Thomas Tuchel’s side did it the hard way on Boxing Day after going a goal down against Villa, with Reece James deflecting in an own goal with his head.

Jorginho (two) and Romelu Lukaku were on the scoresheet in response for Chelsea to earn three points, though.

Hudson-Odoi’s contribution shouldn’t go unnoticed after playing an important role.

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First of all, 21-year-old attacker Hudson-Odoi was fouled in the box during the first half to earn one of two penalties converted by Jorginho. In addition, his excellent cross from the flank assisted a header from substitute Lukaku.

He wasn’t immune to criticism from a visibly frustrated Tuchel on the touchline, but the manager was extremely complimentary of him in his post-match comments.

34-year-old Monaco midfielder Fabregas, who won two Premier League titles as a Chelsea player, sent a four-word message to Hudson-Odoi on Instagram after his performance.

“Well played big man,” he wrote.

Chelsea clinging in title race

Yes, Chelsea remain only six points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table after both teams won yesterday. The form of the league leaders is ominous, though.

Man City’s attack is going into overdrive right now, as they’ve scored 17 goals in their last three league matches.

Pep Guardiola’s team look in formidable touch, while second-placed Liverpool are similarly in a great shape.

Chelsea have crucially stayed within touching distance while struggling and dropping points, so now Tuchel’s side need to mount their own great run to become serious challengers once again.

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