Eden Hazard aims dig at Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte after Southampton

Jo Caldwell
October 8, 2018

Barkley has operated largely as understudy to Mateo Kovacic in recent weeks but, having been selected ahead of the on-loan Real Madrid man, the England worldwide responded by setting up Eden Hazard's 30th-minute opening goal before adding the second - his first for the club - just before the hour.

"We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals".

Highlights from Chelsea's win against Southampton in the Premier League.

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

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Saints winger Redmond threatened to set up a nervy finish when he rattled the woodwork, while Blues striker Morata would have added a third but for a smart stop from McCarthy. We've had great success, won many things. Defensively, despite the clean sheet there remain concerns over the ability of Sarri's preferred backline to optimise their manager's plans.

"Ross Barkley is playing well".

Alvaro Morata was on target for only the second time this season in Thursday's win, having earlier missed a number of chances.

After an England recall following his last appearance in May 2016, Barkley's first goal and assist for more than 16 months capped just about a ideal week and further suggested past comparisons to midfielders such as Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack should not be easily dismissed. The 24-year old also caught the eye with some excellent distribution when clearing his lines. Looked more solid after the break but the question has to be asked about his effectiveness in this position in Sarri's template back four.

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David Luiz (7): The centre-back was efficient and made some solid passes. However, he does like to score against the Saints, who top the Giroud versus stats with eight goals against. He has quality in the physical and technically point of view and now is improving in the tactical point of view. Made some decent runs forward and provided a reminder of the attacking threat he can pose. Touching the ball 100 times, all the play going through me or Jorginho is a very important role for him.

Sarri reckons Loftus-Cheek, who played at the World Cup, will benefit from intensive training with Chelsea after recent injury issues.

He has played seven games this season in the Dutch League with an assist and scored for Ajax in their 3-0 win over AEK Athens in the Champions League.

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