Ross Barkley and Eden Hazard ensure Chelsea maintain unbeaten start against


Ross Barkley and Eden Hazard ensure Chelsea maintain unbeaten start against

Maurizio Sarri has got little wrong in the three months since he was appointed Chelsea head coach and the Italian was in credit again after starting Ross Barkley in a 3-0 Premier League victory at Southampton on Sunday (Oct 7).

Unafraid to introduce an altogether different playing style than that which was employed by his fellow countryman, Sarri's Chelsea have demonstrated an attacking verve that leaves them looking a decent outside bet for Premier League success.

"Today he has played very well and I am really happy with him", boss Sarri said.

"I think it's down to us to work hard and keep improving as much as we can in training - even though we're not playing - and to try and stay sharp because you might get an opportunity".

He also made his substitutions at the right time, the key one allowing Morata sufficient time to score his second goal in as many games.

It's been a tough start to the season for the home side, who enjoyed a victory against Everton in the Carabao Cup during the week but have won just once in the league so far this campaign - and only four times during 2018.

MF N'Golo Kante, 8 - A dynamic performance that saw Kante covering Jorginho's back and linking up well with Hazard and Barkley to help Chelsea maintain their high-press.

Barkley was a shining light in Chelsea's midfield, buoyed by being recalled to the England squad in midweek.

- Barkley became the first Englishman to score and assist in a Premier League game for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in December 2013.

Manolo Gabbiadini has conceded that he would have taken a closer look at offers in the summer had he known he would continue to remain a bit part player at Southampton. The Belgium worldwide was a constant torment to Southampton's backline who had no real answer to his creativity, pace and world-class skill. Blues to win 2-0 through Giroud and Hazard.

Chelsea's efforts paid off in the 57th minute, with Barkley extending the Blues' lead as he tapped in from close range.

He was given the nod ahead of Mateo Kovacic to start Sunday's game and more than justified Sarri's decision.



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