Gary Cahill: Defending from the front is key for Chelsea title bid

I have got Cesar Azpilicueta there, the spare right-back, who is behind me, and he communicates with me and really helps me out to make sure I am in the right position.

On Sunday, the Blues came up with yet another dominant display and edged out Southampton 2-0 away from home, which was also their fourth straight clean sheet in the league.

However, ever since the former Italy national team boss took over the reins at Stamford Bridge, it seems as though the faded shine of the stars is back blazing.

Asmir Begovic says head coach Antonio Conte has raised the standard of expectation at Chelsea from last season's failed Premier League title defence.

To offer some kind of statistical context, whereas Southampton's previous nine league opponents had mustered just 19 shots on target between them, Chelsea racked up seven in 90 minutes, majority through Hazard and Costa.

Heading into this Premier League season, Chelsea FC were sort of a sexy pick by some pundits to win the league title. Put another way, that's five goals in 10 games this year versus four in 31 last season.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring in the sixth minute, firing low between the legs of goalkeeper Fraser Forster to give Antonio Conte's side early control.


"It's too early in terms of any team talking about winning the league but it's important to stay near the top", he told Sky Sports News. "Southampton started very well, pressing high, and we had a little difficulty but in the end we played a great game and we are very happy with the performance of the team".

'Every game we play I just want to keep on improving. You've got him buying into it as well, and that was a problem for Chelsea for many years.

Taking a short pass from Hazard 25 yards from goal, Costa set his sights and unleashed a majestic shot that curled past Forster into the far corner for his eighth Chelsea goal this season. It's more important to work very hard and trust the work will improve us.

The Blues are now one point off the top of the table, and on this form look like possible title challengers once again.

"We know that the road is long but the confidence is increasing".

"They are strikers and usually it's a bit hard for the strikers to work for the team, but their commitment and work-rate is fantastic".

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