Chelsea beat Southampton to level points with second place Manchester United

Chelsea came out winners in their fixture with Southampton, thanks to Marcos Alonso successful free kick.

The Londoners could have taken lead before the breakthrough that came from the set piece. With Antonio Conte entrusting the main striking position to Eden Hazard and benching Alvaro Morata, whereas William and Pedro were positioned to feed him, the formation was a deadly one except only a goal materialized out of it.

Spaniard Alonso curled a free kick from distance and left Forster in a state of defeat as the ball went past Southampton goal keeper.

Meanwhile Belgium international Hazard scored a goal which was ruled out as Franscesc Fabregas who was involved in the buildup was considered off side.

Fabregas himself shot wide following Pedro’s shot that hit the post and the rest was history as the Chelsea registered their eighth win in a 10 league matches.

Antonio Conte’s side remains 3rd on the table with equal points as second place Manchester United who will play against West Brom on Sunday at 17:15 EST.

Southampton forward Charlie Austin who came in the second half tried to make a difference when he forced Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make his first save, the attempt was the only on target the visitors registered.

After the defeat, Southampton who are now without a win in five fixtures since registering their victory over Everton last month seats 12th on the table with 18 points.

Chelsea will host Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter finals on Wednesday before visiting Everton in the premier League fixture in the bid to keep the 16 points difference with table leaders Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s side beats Tottenham.

Meanwhile Mauricio Pellegrino’s who said the team is training well, with good mentality and fighting spirit will have another chance to bounce back from the bad days in their next fixture at home against 11th place Huddersfield who beat Watford 4-1 today.