Chelsea's Ross Barkley delivers final act of flawless week


Hazard produced another phenomenal display at the St Mary's Stadium on Sunday as Chelsea humbled a beleaguered Southampton side 3-0, with the pint-sized magician pulling the creative strings and producing another man-of-the-match performance - his fifth in the league this term.

England midfielder Ross Barkley is ready to develop into one of the world's best players, according to his Chelsea club mate Eden Hazard.

Hazard is enjoying the best period of his Chelsea career, and tops the Premier League goal-scoring charts after bagging seven goals in just eight appearances.

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"It is a Chelsea team that has won the league as well".

While Alvaro Morata's return to form has been a welcome boost ahead of the second global break, Eden Hazard has been the man to watch as the Belgian has been in terrific nick ever since the season began.

"So they have a lot of experience, they have serial winners, and it just fits Chelsea's bill".

With Southampton working so hard to keep the Chelsea attack out, concentration was key - and Hoedt had two lapses in the first half. Defensively, despite the clean sheet there remain concerns over the ability of Sarri's preferred backline to optimise their manager's plans.

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The Belgian attacker opened the scoring for his side while his teammate Ross Barkley sealed the victory with a sublime finish in the second half. He scored and made an assist.

Chelsea's David Luiz in action with Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini.

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Sarri agrees, but, believes that there is much more to come.

Asked how good Barkley can become, Sarri replied: "I don't know, but potentially, he is a great player".

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.

Willian's floated free kick went to Olivier Giroud whose acrobatic volley across the box found Barkley, and the midfielder could not miss from three yards out as he finally netted his first goal in a Chelsea shirt.

"He got a lot of injuries but this guy is a top player".