Hazard continues his scoring run for Blues
CHELSEA are level with Manchester City and Liverpool on 20 points after their comfortable 3-0 win at Southampton yesterday.
Eden Hazard continued his excellent scoring form as his seventh goal of the season helped put Chelsea into second spot on goal difference.
Hazard finished expertly after half an hour to give Chelsea the lead and Ross Barkley poked home to double the advantage in the second half.
Southampton, for whom Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand missed inviting chances, conceded a third in stoppage-time when Hazard freed substitute Alvaro Morata.
Blues manager Maurizio Sarri felt the final goal was the best of his short tenure and epitomised the slick style of play he is trying to implement.
“Something like this, we moved the ball very quick, I think one touch, at the maximum two touches, and then we arrived at the goal so easy,” he said. “I think it’s my football.”
Asked if it was the finest goal scored since he arrived in England, he added: “Sure, of course, because I can see my way of football in this situation.”
Arsenal coasted to a 5-1 success at Fulham to move above north London rivals Tottenham and into fourth place, just two points behind the top three.
This was Arsenal’s ninth consecutive win in all competitions, their best winning streak in 11 years.
Alexandre Lacazette fired Arsenal ahead before Andre Schurrle equalised against the run of play before half-time.
But it was one-way traffic after the break as Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead, Aaron Ramsey scored with a sumptuous flick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice late on.
Gunners manager Unai Emery said: “We worked hard in the second half to impose this result and this position and moment on the pitch. We are happy, but also calm because we know each moment, each match, is difficult.”