Unbeaten Chelsea win at Southampton


Loftus-Cheek insists that it is perfectly normal for a club of Chelsea FC's stature to have multiple world-class players in each position - and the England star says he is simply waiting for his chance to impress.

Right now the Premier League is a three horse race with Manchester City and Liverpool sitting right at the top while Chelsea are right behind on their tail.

Yes, the season is still at its early stages but a lot of people are confident that this season Eden Hazard could be a contender for the Ballon d'Or.

It took the introduction of Olivier Giroud last season to get the win.

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. The Blues now sit just two points behind both Manchester City and Liverpool, but while they're unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions, both of their last two league outings ended in frustrating draws.

The 32-year-old has shown he is a brilliant target man that can bring his teammates into play, with a special bond forming between him and in-form Belgian Eden Hazard.

This was only Barkley's fifth league start since his £15-million (US$20 million) transfer from Everton in January, a move that had been put on hold from the previous August while the player continued his recovery from a serious hamstring injury.

With Southampton working so hard to keep the Chelsea attack out, concentration was key - and Hoedt had two lapses in the first half.

FW Oliver Giroud, 8 - Made an excellent foil for Hazard's wizardry.

- Since Mark Hughes's first Premier League match in charge of Southampton in March, the Saints have lost nine Premier League games - only Newcastle United have lost more (10).

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.

Southampton's home support has been starved of recent success, witnessing just four league wins from the previous 27 games at St Mary's.