Southampton came into Sunday’s matchup at St. Mary’s in good form, but even Claude Puel was powerless to stop the Chelsea machine that is whirring at full tilt.
A first-half poke from Eden Hazard put the Blues up, and an absolute wonder strike from Diego Costa before the hour mark sent Chelsea on its way, just a point off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over the Saints who saw a six-match unbeaten streak halted.
Chelsea started things off with a bang as Eden Hazard got the ball on a one-two with Victor Moses, and his touch to the left beat Steven Davis. That opened things up for a shot from a tight angle, and it beat Fraser Forster from point blank.
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