Chelsea have continued to put pressure on their English Premier League title rivals with a dominant display against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.
The Blues won 3-0 on the South Coast as they collected maximum points for the sixth time in just eight matches this season.
Chelsea piled on the pressure from the off, although it was Southampton who registered the first shot on target of the afternoon when Manolo Gabbiadini forced Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into action with a shot from range.
Mario Lemina also soon tested Arrizabalaga with an ambitious effort from distance before Chelsea took the lead when Ross Barkley teed up Eden Hazard to net from close range.
Southampton searched for an equaliser but they lacked the quality in attack with Chelsea restricting Mark Hughes’ side to occasional shots from range as the half ended 1-0 to The Blues.
The early stages of the second half saw Willian test home keeper Alex McCarthy with a shot from range before Danny Ings fired an effort straight at Arrizabalaga. The Saints striker will have been disappointed not to have tested The Blues keeper more with that shot.
Chelsea extended their lead just before the hour when Barkley tapped in from close range after getting on the end of a set piece.
Southampton continued to be restricted to shots from range and never really looked like getting back into the match.
Home keeper McCarthy did well to deny Rudiger from scoring late on before Chelsea got their third goal deep in second half injury time when Spaniard Alvaro Morata produced a clinical finish from inside to box to cap off a fine victory.
Chelsea are back in action on 20 October when Manchester United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge.