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Chelsea beat Southampton away!

08/10/2018

The Blues continued their great run of form this weekend, hitting three past Southampton at St Mary’s.

It was a brilliant Chelsea display, but it could have gone very differently had Danny Ings converted a golden opportunity for the Saints!

Blues manager Maurizio Sarri only made one change to the squad that played Liverpool, with Ross Barkley coming in for Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

Chelsea were clearly the dominant side from kick-off, and enjoyed nearly all the possession in the opening fifteen minutes!

The Blues had three shots on target and plenty of corners in this time, but it was Southampton who came close to scoring first!

This came midway through the first half, when Gabbiadini managed to find space and send a shot towards goal. Luckily, Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was there to save it.

What came next could have completely changed the game. Ryan Bertrand sent in a cross to Danny Ings who only had to tap the ball in to put Southampton in the lead. Luckily for the Blues, he volleyed it over!

Four minutes later, Chelsea’s earlier attacking play was rewarded. Ross Barkley nicely won the ball from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before feeding it to Eden Hazard, who was twelve yards from goal and dead centre. In the form the Belgian has been in, he was never going to miss!

The score remained the same for the rest of the first half, but things were about to be taken up a notch after the half-time interval!

Though the Saints threatened occasionally, Chelsea doubled their lead in the 57th minute! This time, it was Barkley who found the back of the net, after Giroud scissor-kicked the ball across goal after a Willian free-kick. Barkley was at the right place at the right time. Great to see the young England international get a goal!

After this, Chelsea were well and truly in the driving seat, with the Saints clocking up four yellow cards in twelve minutes!

There was still time for another Chelsea goal, and this time it came from Morata after Hazard burst into space and exchanged neat passes with him.

Another win for the Blues!

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