Ross Barkley disagrees with Maurizio Sarri over Premier League title hopes

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Heading into the second worldwide break of the season, Chelsea are joint-top of the Premier League alongside City and Liverpool, who drew 0-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

'A lot of the team have already achieved the success of winning the league and that's a goal of mine.

Although Southampton should have taken a first-half lead through Ings, who blasted over from just a few yards out, they struggled to match Chelsea's pace and precision.

It is a philosophy which Eden Hazard has been most obviously relishing, but this was also a reminder of how Ross Barkley is emerging as one of the main beneficiaries of the new regime.

Another big Saints miss followed the restart as Ryan Bertrand lashed off target and they again paid the price, with the unmarked Barkley stabbing into the net from a misdirected Giroud scissor-kick.

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There were 31 passes in the build-up to Alvaro Morata's stoppage-time strike which put the gloss on a fine 3-0 away win for the Blues. Liverpool host Manchester City today. Eden Hazard was at his irrepressible best looking as risky as ever, making the most of the space afforded him by the passive home side, to provide another goal to add to his haul and an assist to ensure the team's deserved three points.

After an England recall following his last appearance in May 2016, Barkley's first goal and assist for more than 16 months capped just about a ideal week and further suggested past comparisons to midfielders such as Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack should not be easily dismissed. "He is doing well and working hard on the training ground", said Hazard. The Netherlands worldwide escaped punishment for his challenge on Giroud in the area but then saw Hazard capitalise on some lazy defending as he stepped out of defence and left Chelsea's main man all alone.

Given the superior form of Chelsea, the Blues entered the Premier League match as favourites and they duly delivered on the tag from the kickoff.

"There are more people in the Liverpool team who can score goals", said Melchiot, via the Premier League's official website.

Sarri added: "I think that for Eden to play is a pleasure".

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