Chelsea Batter Saints to Go Joint Top

Chelsea kept the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool as they temporarily moved to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Southampton.

The Blues are a rejuvenated side under Maurizio Sarri and two men inspired by the new manager this term were influential on Sunday, with Ross Barkley creating Eden Hazard’s opener and netting the second himself to open his account for the club before the Belgium star teed up a third for Alvaro Morata.

Barkley was on the very fringes of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team, in which the system shackled star performer Hazard, but the pair is thriving now and combined to devastating effect at St Mary’s.

Although Southampton had chances to make the three points a trickier conquest for the visitors, Sarri’s men were deserving winners as they sent a message to their closest title rivals.