Posted: 7 October 2018 Time: 15:06
Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season in the Premier League following a 3-0 victory over Southampton.
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud made his 200th Premier League appearance, while the club targeted top spot ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City.
It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the Saints, with countless pressure early on from Chelsea.
Willian skinned the top of the crossbar after picking up a loose ball inside the area from a half-hearted effort by Eden Hazard.
Southampton began growing into the game and Danny Ings missed a glorious chance to put them in front, failing to hit the net from three yards out closer to the half and hour mark.
Man of the Moment, Hazard stepped up on the half and hour mark to power home the opener after getting central with the defence.
The Saints responded almost immediately, but a long run by Matteo Gabbiadini only brought a straight shot at Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The mid-table side started the second half in a positive light, with no changes at the break from neither side.
Former Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand ballooned over the top after leaning back to connect with a cross from out wide.
Ings missed yet another close-range chance after finding space inside the box from a short pass only to shoot straight at Alex McCarthy.
The Blues derailed their quest when Ross Barkley tap-in a free-kick by Willian for his first goal in the club’s colours since arriving from Everton in January.
Maurizio Sarri made his first change, with Giroud coming off for Alvaro Morata. Southampton kept the score-line down and instead nearly found a consolation.
Nathan Redmond’s dipping shot from outside the box forced Arrizabalaga scrambling to his own net in keeping out.
Soon, a well-timed pass by Jorginho played in Morata to get his second goal in as many weeks but the latter shot straight at McCarthy.
Arrizabalaga made another outstanding tip, this time from Ings who ran out wide before having a go at goal in the final minutes.
Morata would finally get his goal late in added time after being set-up by Hazard before going on to dink over McCarthy to round of the clash.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2018-10-07 13:06:35