Hazard leads Chelsea past Southampton

Cesc Fabregas and head coach Maurizio Sarri

Cesc Fabregas and head coach Maurizio Sarri

But despite Sarri's caution, England worldwide Barkley is confident Chelsea can rival Manchester City and Liverpool this term.

The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute, as Ross Barkley won position back deep in the opposition half, before sliding through Eden Hazard, who curled home a trademark clinical finish.

Hazard produced another phenomenal display at the St Mary's Stadium on Sunday as Chelsea humbled a beleaguered Southampton side 3-0, with the pint-sized magician pulling the creative strings and producing another man-of-the-match performance - his fifth in the league this term.

Chelsea defeated Southampton 3-0 at St. Mary's to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Desperate early attempts to crowd out Hazard saw a loose ball break to Willian for a deflected shot that looped onto the crossbar, before Southampton belatedly responded and Danny Ings somehow volleyed over the top from four yards.

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

Life after Antonio Conte suits Chelsea's star players.

"He is doing well and working hard on the training ground".

- Barkley became the first Englishman to score and assist in a Premier League game for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in December 2013.

Apart from Striker, Shane Long who has another problem with his toe and looks doubtful to face Chelsea, Southampton manager, Mark Hughes has no new injuries worries in his team ahead of the clash. "I am really happy with him", Sarri said.

Given the superior form of Chelsea, the Blues entered the Premier League match as favourites and they duly delivered on the tag from the kickoff.

Speaking after the routine win, he said: 'Manchester City and Liverpool are a step forward of us.

Alvaro Morata, who came off the bench on Olivier Giroud's place, piled more misery on the hosts by netting an easy goal in the dying minutes of the game.

Hazard and Co will next pit their wits against Manchester United in the Premier League after the global break.

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