Chelsea have dominated the ball and probably deserve their lead, despite looking a bit laboured in possession at times.
Giroud’s goal separates the two sides with Brighton still believing they could salvage something from this match.
There have been bright moments from Hazard and Hudson-Odoi on the flanks in particular, and the latter’s skill saw him set up Giroud for the game’s only goal so far.
Chelsea lead 1-0 at the break.
Brighton looked to be containing Chelsea fairly well with their deep, compact shape, and a glaring Hazard miss aside, there have not been too many clear-cut chances for the hosts.
Having gone behind, however, they will surely have to alter their game-plan at some point and be more aggressive.
Reports in England claim Manchester United are set beat Guardiola’s Manchester City to Atletico Madrid’s star Saul Niguez.
According to ESPN FC, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side see Saul as a good fit to partner Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in midfield.
United scouts, the reports add, have been closely monitoring the development of Saul since his impressive loan spell at Rayo Vallecano in the 2013-14 campaign.
Old Trafford officials are aware about the difficulty of the negotiations with Atletico set to demand Saul’s full €150 million release clause, part of a deal the 24-year-old midfielder signed in 2017 which commits him to Atletico until 2026.
Los Colchoneros have already sold defender Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich for €80m and are preparing for a busy summer transfer window with Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Antoine Griezmann and Rodri facing uncertain futures at the club.
City have also considered the signing of Saul as officials at the Etihad Stadium value his versatility to adapt to different roles in midfield and defence.
Guardiola is said to believe Rodri would be more suited for the position as the 22-year-old is the real holding midfielder at Atletico Madrid with Saul playing in a more advanced role and even as a full-back and a centre-back.
Although Atletico want to keep Rodri they will be unable to stop City triggering his €70m release clause, which the Premier League side view as affordable for a player his age.
Two goals in the last three minutes from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez secured an incredible point for Barcelona in a thrilling 4-4 draw away at Villarreal on Tuesday night.
Messi came off the bench to turn the game in Barcelona’s favour in the final stages, but the finale was unlike anything witnessed in La Liga this season, as Villarreal were left heartbroken.
In an action packed game in Castellon, Barcelona flew out of the blocks and into a two-goal lead inside the first 20 minutes with Philippe Coutinho slotting home from close range on 13 minutes – following a flying run and cross from Brazilian compatriot Malcom – before the former Bordeaux man nodded home his first La Liga goal three minutes later.
The hosts looked shell shocked, but Nigerian teenager Samuel Chukwueze, who was impressive throughout, reduced the deficit before the break, after his initial shot hit the post.
The game continued at a high tempo after the break, and Toko Ekambi hauled Villarreal level shortly after the restart, catching out Barcelona keeper Marc Ter Stegen with a composed finish from a tight angle.
Former Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra made it 3-2 with a fine finish on 62 minutes, stealing in behind a static Barcelona defence, before with substitute Carlos Bacca raced onto Santi Cazorla’s pass on 80 minutes, to round Ter Stegen, and make it 4-2.
However Messi, who only came on with half an hour remaining, netted an excellent free kick on 89 minutes after he was upended by Victor Ruiz, to set up a tense finale.
With just seconds remaining, Villarreal failed to clear a corner properly, and Suarez fired home a superb half volley from the edge of the area with the last kick of an incredible tie.