Today's match against Southampton was expected to be a tough challenge for Chelsea, given the Saints' home record. And the first few minutes of the match proved so, until the Blues managed to take the lead on an awesome team effort on the break, with Eden Hazard getting his fifth goal of the season, Victor Moses picking up assist.
From there on, Chelsea did a great job of keeping our opponents out from dangerous areas in our defensive third during the first half, before completely flipping the board and dominating the Saints in the second one. An amazing long-range shot from Diego Costa at the 55th minute gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead, and secured the three points that keep us close to the top teams in this tight Premier League title chase.
Chelsea's captain on the day and one of the main contributors to our 5th clean sheet of the season (our 4th using the 3-4-3 system), defender Gary Cahill spoke to Sky Sports after the match and talked about our performance on the pitch, as well as the importance of today's result.
"Southampton's record at home is very good - we knew that. But we knew if we carried on our form, we’d cause them problems. We worked hard. Four wins in the league now, four clean sheets – we keep going."
"We need those types of [attacking star] players who can turn the game in a moment. It’s a pleasure to have these guys in the side."
"It’s too early in terms of any team talking about winning the league but it's important to stay near the top. We want to be up and among it. I can’t see anyone running away with it this season."
-Gary Cahill; Source: Sky Sports via London Evening Standard
Every point’s going to matter in what’s promising to be a tense, tight race for the title and top four. There’s no reason for Chelsea to not be able to carry on this current form however, and if we do, we should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season as well.
One game at a time of course. Come on, Chelsea!