Chelsea remained one point behind the Premier League leading 3 with a 2-0 win at Southampton thanks to objectives by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa
Chelseas title difficulty under Antonio Conte appears more convincing with every death week. This was perhaps a more remarkably built success than that handed to them so obligingly by Manchester United the previous Sunday, a win sculpted out versus among the type groups in a side and the department who had actually not lost here given that February. Southampton wound up sensation forlorn. Provided the hosts underlying qualities to win this conveniently was impressive.
Chelsea , then under Guus Hiddinks interim stewardship, had actually been the last group to dominate at Southamptons expenditure on the south coast, however that had actually been a success squeezed late and unbelievably from an even contest. This, on the other hand, was a masterclass in ways to put in practically total control regardless of the house side monopolizing the ball for most of the play. Contes side, so skillfully drilled, kept their challengers at arms length throughout. Their events in front of the away assistance at the end, with the supervisor hardly able to include his pleasure, enhanced the impression the cumulative is all of a sudden strong.
This was a program of new-found strength. Much has actually been made of the Italians three-man protective block a system embraced out of desperation back when Chelsea had actually been exposed too typically as susceptible however they flawlessly changed into a 5 when needed, with wing-backs working feverishly at both ends of the pitch and a midfield packed with energy and market. They have actually adjusted wonderfully to the modification in development and have actually not been breached in 410 minutes of Premier League football, all however 5 which have actually been with a trio of centre-halves blunting their challengers intent.
A group that had actually appeared so vulnerable versus the fluid motion provided by Liverpool and Arsenal in current weeks have actually uncovered steel. Selecting passage through these undaunted massed banks of blue need to feel a difficult job. It was one entirely beyond Southampton.
Thibaut Courtois made one save of relative note, from a Dusan Tadic free-kick, and enjoyed Charlie Austin head over the bar and have another effort eliminated for offside, however a group who had actually been on the charge up the table over current weeks would have anticipated to cause more damage than that. Claude Puel pointed out tiredness as a contributing element, however figuratively thumping your head versus a brick wall for 90 minutes can most likely have that result. It is so tough to bet, included the Frenchman through a sigh.