Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Hazard On Target As Blues Go Top

Hazard On Target As Blues Go Top

Southampton is now 16th in Premier League standings with just five points.

A perfectly reasonable response one would feel, Willian did add that he is playing with "pleasure", and enjoys the fact that Chelsea are now playing "proper football".

The defence was, however, necessary as Chelsea bagged a total of 10 corners in the first half, constantly pressing and constantly looking unsafe against an extremely passive Southampton. In between, Ross Barkley, recently recalled to the England squad, made it a week to remember by scoring his first goal for the London club.

He added: "I am really very happy for our fans because our support today was excellent".

"Potentially he is a great player". Touching the ball 100 times, all the play going through me or Jorginho is a very important role for him, I'm learning it, I'm very passionate about it as it's very interesting. He also knows that maintaining his self-belief is crucial. "I've got to have the confidence in my own ability".

Yes, the season is still at its early stages but a lot of people are confident that this season Eden Hazard could be a contender for the Ballon d'Or. It was the team's first win in four games.

Chelsea's David Luiz in action with Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini.

St. Mary's has been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea in recent years.

The key tactical change for Chelsea had been the selection of Barkley instead of Mateo Kovacic and their dominance was immediate.

26' A howler by Danny Ings who spoons the ball well over the bar from close range, after a decent cross by Bertrand.

Southampton began the game much like Newcastle United did when hosting the Blues - sitting back and allowing the west Londoners all the time and space they like to go about their business.

Wesley Hoedt was fortunate not to concede a penalty as he slid into Olivier Giroud and the hosts' luck then ran out when Barkley freed Hazard to calmly send the goalkeeper the wrong way.

For Chelsea, Hazard has netted seven in the league, with Pedro scoring three and Morata netting two.

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