The first goal for Ross Barkley was 1 of 3 goals today which earned Chelsea their 6th win of this Premier League season.
The other two goals from Hazard and Morata topped off a dominant display from the blues as they also extend their unbeaten run to this Premier League season.
Chelsea started off on the front foot, having a great chance through Willian who’s shot deflected off a saints defender onto the bar. Chelsea dictated the game early on but didn’t create a lot of clear-cut chances even though they were playing some beautiful and free-flowing attacking football. The blues did have to weather a saints storm midway through the first half but went in 1-0 at half-time and took a deserved lead as Barkley dispossessed the Saints midfielder and played a lovely pass into the path of Hazard, who slotted pass McCarthy with real ease. Into the second half, and it was more of the same from the blues, who dictated the game from minute 45-90, and their constant pressure paid off after a well-worked free kick found Barkley in the box who tapped in for his first Chelsea goal. Morata also had a glorious chance to make it 0-3 but his 1-on-1 effort was hit straight at McCarthy. However, he did end up getting on the score sheet, after Hazard played him through in the 93rd minute and he chipped his effort over McCarthy and into the net to round off a brilliant and well-controlled performance for Chelsea.
Even though Chelsea controlled the game, Southampton did have their moments in both halves to try and make it a more competitive match. Midway through the first half, Southampton had a number of chances to make the breakthrough, but their best chance came through Ings after Bertrand whipped a ball in from the left, and it fell to Danny Ings in the box and he missed from six yards out. If he could have scored that goal then it could have made it a different game. Into the second half, Most the Saints chances came towards the end of the game, and their best chances came through Redmond and Ings from long range, and each of their attempts were brilliantly saved by Kepa- Redmond’s onto the bar and Ings’ attempt over the bar.
Player ratings out of 10
Southampton- Manager: Mark Hughes
McCarthy- 5, Hoedt- 4, Bednarek- 5, Yoshida- 5, Cedric- 5, Bertrand- 7, Højbjerg- 5, Lemina- 5, Redmond- 6, Ings- 6, Gabbiadini- 5, Subs; Romeu- 5, Long- 6.
Chelsea- Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Kepa- 8, Luiz- 7, Rüdiger- 7, Alonso- 7, Azpilicueta-4, Kante- 7, Jorginho- 7, Barkley- 8, Willian- 5, Hazard- 8, Giroud- 7, Subs: Morata- 8, Pedro- 6, Kovacic- 5.
Position in Premier League table
Chelsea momentarily moves to the top of the table, but only for a few hours until the Liverpool vs Manchester City result has been decided, where they will fall to second place on 20 points, with a goal difference of +13. Whereas for Southampton, they remain in 16th place with 5 points with a goal difference of -8. Only 2 points outside the relegation zone.
What’s next for both teams
There is an international break for both teams, so their next Premier League game won’t be until Saturday 20th of October, where Chelsea play Manchester United in the lunchtime kick off at 12:30 pm UK time, (7:30 am Washington DC time USA). Southampton plays high flying AFC Bournemouth on that same day but at 3:00 pm UK time (10:00 am Washington DC time USA).
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By Danyal Khan