Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Hazard scores as Chelsea beat Southampton 3-0

Hazard scores as Chelsea beat Southampton 3-0

It was only a matter of time before the Blues inflicted pain on Southampton and it came in the 31st minute of course, from Eden Hazard who made the most of an impressive steal by Ross Barley to take the lead.

Resolute, desperate defending by the Southampton back five together with Chelsea's tendency to over-elaborate denied the visitors the early lead. We've had great success, won many things. Held the ball up well and was unlucky not to win a penalty in the first half when it looked like he had been brought down by Wesley Hoedt.

Chelsea are now unbeaten across all competitions this season, and Hazard has been integral to that run, notably for his match-winning performance against Liverpool in the Football League Cup last month.

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He scored the game's opener and assisted a late scoreline sweetener for Alvaro Morata, with the Italian following up on his goal on Thursday night as he slowly works his way into life at the club after an inauspicious beginning.

Brazilian star Willian grabbed the only goal that separated the two sides at the end of normal regulation time as they made it two win out of two games in Europe. Whilst Morata appears under most pressure, Giroud is yet to score.

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"Ross Barkley is playing well". The Blues have beat Mark Hughes like a drum in recent outings and it feels like there is no better team for Maurizio Sarri's men to put it all together.

The Blues remained in the ascendancy with Barkley curling over the crossbar but after being second best during the opening quarter, Southampton finally offered a positive response.

Having said that, the Dutchman further believes that Hazard can not shoulder the goalscoring burden by himself, calling on the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to step up to the plate.

Don't fear, though. When Eden Hazard in this form is on the pitch, you're going to get a goal eventually.

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