The Blues dominated for large swatches against Southampton but were only able to breach Fraser Forster and his defence on one occasion, when Marcos Alonso bent in an inch-perfect free-kick on the stroke of half-time. Three of the top four prior to this weekend's action is surely going to be an enduring task for manager Pellegrino.
Southampton's winless run now stands at five Premier League matches but Mauricio Pellegrino felt his side could have departed Stamford Bridge with a point, with substitute Charlie Austin twice being denied by Thibaut Courtois.
"When we played West Ham (last week), we didn't win (0-1 loss)".
Willian and Pedro impressed in a 3-1 victory over the Terriers, with both among the goals, and they retain their places on the back of their respective displays.
"I said in my press conference before the game that we had to pay great attention because Southampton are a good team". We have to be happy with the performance and the clean sheet. My dad used to say to me all the time, "come on with the head" and then pass the ball to me as I jumped. Arsenal were the visitors to St. Mary's last weekend and Southampton snatched a point from the Gunners before a humiliating home defeat to Leicester City upon Claude Puel's return to the club following his sacking in the summer.
'A good win, a good job from all my players, ' he said.
"They can play very well on the counter-attack".
Antonio Conte has compared Alvaro Morata to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba - although he admits that the pair are very different players. We won a hard game. "They want to give a good answer against a strong team like Chelsea".
Previously: Chelsea won this fixture last season 4-2, as we closed in on the title.
Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea's inability to score a second goal against Southampton left him feeling tense. Chelsea's fourth and Costa's second was one of the nicest goals we scored all season.