Ross Barkley and Eden Hazard ensure Chelsea maintain unbeaten start against

Ross Barkley and Eden Hazard ensure Chelsea maintain unbeaten start against

The Premier League's top-scorer coolly converted his seventh strike of the campaign with half an hour played to put the Blues on course for a deserved 3-0 success on the south coast.

Ross Barkley teed up Eden Hazard for the opener before adding a second after the break, and Alvaro Morata wrapped things up for the Blues during added-on time.

The Belgium worldwide now has eight goals from 10 appearances since former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri succeeded Conte in the summer.

The Saints should have gone ahead in the 28th minute with their first chance of the game, but Danny Ings somehow placed his effort over the crossbar.

The 31-year-old Spain global played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Chelsea started strongly, and nearly took the lead after seven minutes when Willian's low shot hit the bar via a deflection off Wesley Hoedt.

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard battles with Southampton's Nathan Redmond.

"The first half was not so easy".

Unbeaten Chelsea, playing in an unfamiliar pale blue kit with orange socks, made a bright start at St. Mary's and was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Wesley Hoedt fouled Olivier Giroud. Barkley dispossessed a Southampton player before threading a pass through to Hazard, who took a touch before calmly placing the ball to the left of a helpless Alex McCarthy. Provided an acrobatic assist for Barkley to tap in Chelsea's second.

Ross Barkley insists Chelsea are "serious" challengers for the Premier League title this season - despite Maurizio Sarri claiming his team are still well behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

Having said that, the Dutchman further believes that Hazard can not shoulder the goalscoring burden by himself, calling on the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata to step up to the plate.

The confidence and belief that has grown within Sarri's side during the opening weeks of the season was evident in the way Chelsea overwhelmed Southampton during the opening stages of the game, denying the hosts the opportunity to establish any kind of foothold.

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