Maurizio Sarri thinks this goal has been Chelsea’s best

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Hazard scored his eighth goal of the season on Sunday as he netted the opener against the Saints to send them on their way towards a victory on the south coast.

In the second half, Southampton again had their moments, but further chances were wasted by Ings, while Nathan Redmond was unlucky to be denied a goal by Arrizabalaga.

The defence was, however, necessary as Chelsea bagged a total of 10 corners in the first half, constantly pressing and constantly looking risky against an extremely passive Southampton.

But despite Sarri's caution, England worldwide Barkley is confident Chelsea can rival Manchester City and Liverpool this term. Barkley moved quickly to close down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg inside the Saints half before delivering a well-weighted ball into the path of Hazard who finished easily.

Chelsea took all three points off the match in a deserved win over Southampton at St. Mary's stadium.

With Southampton working so hard to keep the Chelsea attack out, concentration was key - and Hoedt had two lapses in the first half. "He will become a very important player in England and for the England national team". "So I think this case, for that kind of player, it's better to play for 35, 40 minutes than to have training".

I interviewed him with Laura Woods afterwards and you could see the glint in his eye.

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Willian (6): he didn't put in much effort, he lost some passes but still manage to put through some passes that ended up as goals.

Having previously trained in the morning, Sarri decided that it would be more efficient to reschedule for afternoon sessions instead; this being the time when they usually play their matches.

FW Oliver Giroud, 8 - Made an excellent foil for Hazard's wizardry.

TALKING POINT - should Chelsea's second goal have stood?

FW Alvaro Morata, 7 - Replaced Giroud in the 68th minute and must have thought his luck was going to be out when he fired a shot at Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy.

MF Mateo Kovacic, NR - Replaced Barkley for the final 10 minutes of the game and continued where his teammate had left off with a decent cameo of tackling and passing.