English Premier League Report: Southampton v Chelsea 07 October 2018

Grant SmithOct 08, 2018

He joined Chelsea from Everton last January but struggled to feature under former manager Antonio Conte last season.

8 - Sarri's big call today was starting Ross Barkley ahead of Mateo Kovacic and the decision was vindicated as the midfielder gave Chelsea an added cutting edge up front.

But despite Sarri's caution, England worldwide Barkley is confident Chelsea can rival Manchester City and Liverpool this term.

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

"From the beginning he has improved day by day, week by week and match by match". Touching the ball 100 times, all the play going through me or Jorginho is a very important role for him, I'm learning it, I'm very passionate about it as it's very interesting.

- Barkley became the first Englishman to score and assist in a Premier League game for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in December 2013.

A knee injury interrupted Fabregas' start to the season, with the former Barca and Arsenal star saying: "I just came back from a hard injury".

I interviewed him with Laura Woods afterwards and you could see the glint in his eye.

With two minutes of injury time left to play, Alvaro Morata, on as a substitute, got his goal.

Willian delivered the resultant free-kick deep into the area and Giroud - on his 200th Premier League appearance - acrobatically fired across goal for Barkley to tap in his first goal for the west London club.

He won the ball and put it on a plate for Eden Hazard to sidefoot Chelsea into the lead and then gambled at a set piece and converted from two yards after the break. Definitely I'm very happy with him, I'd love to stay at the club.

That proved to be Giroud's last major impact on the clash, as he was hauled off for Alvaro Morata on the 68th minute, with the Spaniard look to build on his midweek goal.

"I think I have a good understanding with the fans and players".

"I don't think about personal targets, I'm happy as long as we win". He has quality, very important qualities in the physical and [technical] point of view.

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