Fabregas willing to extend stay at Chelsea under Sarri

Fabregas willing to extend stay at Chelsea under Sarri

Those efforts mean he has hit the in-season milestone of being the first player to be involved in 10 goals this term across the top five leagues in Europe, with seven goals and three assists.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso in action with Southampton's Cedric Soares.

"It is a Chelsea team that has won the league as well".

Saints winger Redmond threatened to set up a nervy finish when he rattled the woodwork, while Blues striker Morata would have added a third but for a smart stop from McCarthy.

Chelsea dominated for large parts of the opening 20 minutes and they were camped in the Southampton half, but they were unable to register a clear attempt at goal. "He is doing well and working hard on the training ground", said Hazard. Defensively, despite the clean sheet there remain concerns over the ability of Sarri's preferred backline to optimise their manager's plans. He scored and made an assist.

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 9 - A spectator for much of the first-half, Kepa suddenly found himself called into action pulling off a string of brilliant saves as Southampton tested his reflexes.

David Luiz (7): The centre-back was efficient and made some solid passes.

Meanwhile, defender Antonio Rudiger has pulled out of the Germany squad with a groin problem. We can do better in the defensive phase, and sometimes also in the offensive phase. Jorginho. Look at what Kante did for some of the players at Leicester.

Having endured much frustration in front of goal since joining Chelsea, the Spanish striker now has two in two games, with his strike against the Saints coming after Thursday's Europa League victor against MOL Vidi.

Barkley then added the second goal, his first for the club, from tap-in range after Giroud produced an acrobatic cross-shot following a free kick by Willian.

The exact nature of the injury hasn't yet been made clear but Rudiger is expected to have pulled out as a precaution to ensure that any existing problem doesn't get any worse during the worldwide break. Conceded possession several times to put his side under pressure and was withdrawn in the 75th minute.

A wonderful third goal illustrated just how Maurizio Sarri has transformed Chelsea's playing philosophy and the others were further evidence that no one has flourished and enjoyed themselves more under him than Ross Barkley.

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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