Chelsea down Southampton to keep pressure on title rivals

Silvia Morton
October 8, 2018

The confidence and belief that has grown within Sarri's side during the opening weeks of the season was evident in the way Chelsea overwhelmed Southampton during the opening stages of the game, denying the hosts the opportunity to establish any kind of foothold.

But fellow England global Barkley marked his return to the national team with his first goal for Chelsea - nudging in Oliver Giroud's inventive cross with his shin.

There's a positive mood among the Stamford Bridge faithful thanks to the attractive brand of football brought in by Maurizio Sarri, but there's a worry they're becoming over reliant on star man Eden Hazard.

Barkley celebrated his England recall by scoring his first goal for the Blues and setting up a goal for Eden Hazard at St Mary's. The Belgium worldwide opened the scoring after 30 minutes with a crisp finish past McCarthy.

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Klopp, though, was happy with Liverpool's performance against City. "The start of the game was fantastic". They are so good. "We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals, " Hazard said.

The Spaniard went ahead to seal Chelsea's 3-0 win at stoppage time, as Hazard slid in for Morata to score from close range.

Having endured much frustration in front of goal since joining Chelsea, the Spanish striker now has two in two games, with his strike against the Saints coming after Thursday's Europa League victor against MOL Vidi. "Definitely I'm very happy with him", Fabregas said. The way he sees football is something that maybe in the future if I become a coach I think I'll do something very similar to what he does.

Barkley scored one and made one for Chelsea. 18 against Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday and a further 12 today, all without profit suggests there is work to be done on the training ground. Many critics suggested that the fast paced "Sarriball" played under their new manager would be too complex for Barkley to handle, but the 24-year-old has shown himself to be more than capable of adapting his style of play.

Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have won their last six Premier League games against Southampton, since losing 3-1 under Jose Mourinho in October 2015. If this is to be a three-way title tussle - it is increasingly looking that way - then the Blues could have asked for little more than an away win while both City and Liverpool went on to drop points.

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