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Hazard, Costa behind Chelsea win

Stamford Bridge, London, England. Premier League Football. Chelsea versus Manchester United. Chelsea Midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates making it 3-0 (Photo by Mark Kerton/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire)

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa stood for the goals as Chelsea took a 2-0 win on the road against Southampton on Sunday.

The Blues are on a four-game winning streak in the league after the victory on Sunday, having outscored their opponents 11-0. It was the fourth straight clean sheet for the club since Antonio Conte decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation. Hazard opened up the scoring in the 6th minute to give Chelsea the perfect start. Costa made it 2-0 in the 55th minute with his eighth league goal of the season with a beautifully curled shot from just outside the penalty area.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was in a good mood, as he saw another strong performance from his side.

“I’m delighted, for sure,” Conte said. “I saw a lot of positive things, above all because we played against a strong team also in a good moment of form. To come here and win wasn’t easy, I said that on Friday.

“I’m pleased with the commitment and work-rate. The players worked very hard during the game with and without the ball. This is the right way to reach great satisfaction in this championship.

“We created many chances, and also for four games we have kept clean sheets. It means our confidence is increasing. The players deserve this. I see them every day, the way they are working. It’s important to arrive at this type of result because they can trust the work more, but we know the road is long and it’s important to continue to work very hard to improve.

“It wasn’t an easy game today but to stay close to first place is good. It gives us great confidence.”

Chelsea sits in fourth place with 22 points, one point behind the leading trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

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