Antonio Conte is picking up the patches as in-formed Chelsea hit two past Southampton to climb to top four and with just a single point behind leaders Manchester City.
The game was left in the hands of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa who continue to show more prowess in the hands of their Italian manager as the Blues clinch a fourth top-flight victory in a row and put Wednesday’s EFL Cup exit at the hands of rivals West Ham behind them.
Starting with Victor Moses far right, Conte named the same starting line-up that dispatched Manchester United 4-0 last week and they again enjoyed a strong start as Hazard shot between the legs of Fraser Forster in just the sixth minute.
Claude Puel’s Saints, who had not lost any of their previous five league matches, enjoyed plenty of possession without mustering a serious threat to Chelsea’s disciplined defence.
Costa struck a brilliant second 10 minutes after half-time to double Chelsea’s lead and the visitors never looked like surrendering their advantage on a ground where they have lost just once in nine league visits.
The win puts Chelsea above Tottenham and into fourth place on 22 points, one behind City, Arsenal and Liverpool, as Southampton missed out on the chance to climb into seventh.
Meanwhile, on the other side José Mourinho’s Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by newly promoted Burnley on Saturday at Old Trafford.