Monday, 22 October, 2018

Chelsea Chelsea star feels he is in the form of his life

Alvaro Morata Chelsea Getty Images
Eugene Bates | 08 October, 2018, 11:32

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.

He scored the game's opener and assisted a late scoreline sweetener for Alvaro Morata, with the Italian following up on his goal on Thursday night as he slowly works his way into life at the club after an inauspicious beginning.

Barkley, who signed for Chelsea in January from Everton, bundled in the second with his knee from Olivier Giroud's acrobatic cross although TV replays suggested David Luiz had committed a foul in the build-up.

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.

Joining Chelsea in 2013, Willian has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, as well as FA Cup and League Cup winners medals. Anticipated opportunities to win the ball and made some telling passes including a slide-rule assist for Hazard to score before going one better and rippling Southampton's net himself for his first Blues goal.

"He will become a very important player in England and for the national team". Eden Hazard was at his irrepressible best looking as unsafe as ever, making the most of the space afforded him by the passive home side, to provide another goal to add to his haul and an assist to ensure the team's deserved three points.

I interviewed him with Laura Woods afterwards and you could see the glint in his eye. Conceded possession several times to put his side under pressure and was withdrawn in the 75th minute.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes might have been right to look frustrated throughout the match thanks to his team's lacklustre performance, but he'll no doubt ask whether or not it was right for Barkley's 57th minute goal to stand. Held the ball up well and was unlucky not to win a penalty in the first half when it looked like he had been brought down by Wesley Hoedt.

TALKING POINT - should Chelsea's second goal have stood?

Morata had a big chance to extend Chelsea's lead in the 80th minute after being left one-on-one with McCarthy, but the striker fired straight at the goalkeeper.

FW Pedro, NR - Replaced Willian but didn't bring any fresh ideas to Chelsea's attack.

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