The Blues claimed a 1-0 win at home as the visiting side (Southampton) stretched the English (League) Champions to their limit at Stamford Bridge.
It was at the stroke of half-time that Chelsea found the breakthrough after decent displays and consistent pressure from Chelsea and Brazilian midfield player Willian.
The Selecao star has been a handful of opposing teams in recent times as he terrorized the opposing defence with this flair and intelligent movement on the ball.
This, however, led to Chelsea’s breakthrough as the host was awarded a free-kick outside the Southampton area just before the halftime break.
With the three points in the bag for Chelsea, we evaluate three significant points from the clash as Blues downs the Saints.
Magical Marcos Alonso
The Spaniard was at it again as he caused all sort of problems for the Southampton sides in the course of the match. The left wing back produced some magnificent exploit during the tie as the Saints were put on the back foot.
This resulted in series of saves from the Southampton goal is as he was kept busy by the Spaniard on a couple of occasions.
Alonso hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten after some nice piece of football from William Borges.
The Brazilian combined well with Alonso as the Spaniard threatened the opponent goal yet again. There will be no hiding place for the Saints as the Spaniard found the opener for Chelsea from the set-piece.
Chelsea were awarded a free-kick and Alonso stepped up to convert it to the Blues advantage as he curled the ball over the Southampton wall to give the League Champions the much-deserved lead in the game.
Another Clean-Sheet for Chelsea
The home side like their fellow London rivals Arsenal secured a narrow 1-0 win at the weekend. This they did achieve against the Saints Southampton side and Newcastle United without conceding a goal.
The Blues have been having a hard time keeping a clean sheet this term and this might cause the Chelsea side honors (trophy) this season as they finished second in Group stage of the UEFA Champions’ League.
This they did falter against Italian side, AS Roma which they lost 3-0 to at the Italian capital.
This set the Blues against arguably the favorite for the fixture in Spanish side FC Barcelona as the Catalans are in-form at the moment on top of the La-Liga Standings.
A clean sheet for Chelsea was well noted as Andreas Christensen proves a potential/long-term replacement for John Jerry as he continues to keep out Brazilian star David Luiz (possibly) out of the first team due to injury.
Saints Deserve Some Credit
The visitors might have lost the match 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but with the quality of the Chelsea side, the Saint’s deserve a pat on the back.
However, the visitors were not pushovers in the game as Nathan Redmond threatened the Chelsea goal before the intermission.
In the second period, the Southampton side had a decent strike (chance) to get back into the contest but Thibaut Courtois made a brilliant same to keep the score a 1-0 in the favor of the home sides.
In the end, it was a commendable outing for the Saints as they narrowly lost to a team of Chelsea caliber as the likes of (Eden) Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was on show in the 90 minutes contest.