5 in 4… Giroud should be confident ahead of Chelsea v Southampton

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Hazard's sparkling early-season form, which has produced seven goals in nine games, has prompted debate about his place among the Blues' best footballers.

Eden Hazard is potentially in the best form of the career having spearheaded Chelsea's attacking rebirth under manager Maurizio Sarri.

Eden Hazard was at his irrepressible best as Chelsea moved top courtesy of a 3-0 win against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium in the Premier League. I like it - everything goes through me - this is what I like.

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has failed to dampen speculation linking him with Real Madrid, with the Belgian stating he is happy at the Blues now - but this is subject to change. In the dressing room we say that Sarri is the father of Jorginho because they always talk and laugh together, but I understand why because Jorginho is a fantastic player.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea, displacing Fabregas as Chelsea's central midfield pivot.

31' GOAL! A great challenge by Ross Barkley is played forward to Eden Hazard who waits on the edge of the box and finds the net easily.


Chelsea totally controlled possession in the opening 20 minutes but Hazard's goal - his eighth of the season - came after a tricky spell for them.

A feeling of resignation threatened to engulf Southampton, although at least they tried to drag themselves back into the game at the start of the second half. I'm learning it. I'm very passionate about it as it's very interesting.

"It is hard to be sitting there and not helping the team when you know you could add something". "I've been very happy for the last four years and a half, we've had great success, won many things".

"At the moment I am okay but in two months it could be different", Chelsea star Hazard told Marca.

Hazard looked nearly certain to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window after dropping several "come and get me" pleas.

Chelsea will travel to Southampton this weekend to play their eight-match in the EPL.

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