Chelsea down Southampton to keep pressure on title rivals

Is Fabregas’ time

While most of the Chelsea players have been performing exceptionally, but Eden Hazard has most certainly been the star of the show proving once again that he is right up there with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.

Gabbiadini made his first Premier League start this season for Southampton against Chelsea on Sunday, while both his previous starts for the Saints came in the EFL Cup.

Barkley looks a new man under Sarri, and the England worldwide celebrated his recall to the national team with a stellar performance on Sunday.

Hazard played in substitute Alvaro Morata to seal the win in stoppage time.

Regardless of what would happen at Anfield later in the day, Chelsea ensured they would be the day's big winners with victory here.

Southampton improved at the start of the second half and should have got themselves on level terms when Bertrand was found at the back post, but the left-back sent the ball over the bar from six yards out.

Asked if he would sign a new contract if Chelsea were to offer him one, Fabregas replied: "Yeah I'm very open about it". This was his eighth goal for the season in all competitions, the same amount as Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata (who scored late on to make it two goals in four days) combined.

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

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.

Looking at the goalscorers for all three clubs this season, there is a stark contrast in the shared responsibility at Man City and Liverpool for sticking the ball in the back of the net.

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- There were 31 passes in the build-up to Morata's 90th-minute goal for Chelsea - the most before a goal in the Premier League this season. "Definitely I'm very happy with him", Fabregas said.

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

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