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Jack Grealish singles out Chelsea star for praise after win over Southampton

Mateo Kovacic & Ross Barkley

Chelsea battle to win over Southampton

Chelsea continued their good start to the season, and took to top spot in the Premier League, with a late 3-1 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

A James Ward-Prowse penalty cancelled out Trevoh Chalobah’s early strike, before the Saints man was sent off late in the second half.

Despite the man advantage, Chelsea failed to make their chances pay until late in the piece, when a goal from Timo Werner restored their lead before Ben Chilwell added gloss to the scoreline with a late strike.

Grealish singles out Ross Barkley for praise

In terms of substitutions to change games, it appears as though Thomas Tuchel has the golden touch in the opening stint of this season.

Bringing on N’Golo Kante in what proved a match-winning move a fortnight ago against Tottenham, it was the lesser-spotted Ross Barkley whom the German called upon this time around.

Barkley proved match-changing too, despite the 7 minutes that was afforded to him. Joining the fray with the score at 1-1, the Englishman made an immediate impact in his first Premier League appearance of the season, setting Azpilicueta free with a gorgeous pass.

The Spaniard in turn found Timo Werner, who found the back of the net to restore Chelsea’s advantage against a resolute 10 man Southampton.

The third goal, added by Ben Chilwell, was largely the icing on the cake late in proceedings, but Barkley certainly played a vital role in securing all three points.

 

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This was recognised by one time Aston Villa team-mate and now Manchester City star Jack Grealish, no stranger to a moment of magic himself.

Responding to Ross Barkley’s post-match social media post, Grealish replied:

“What a pass brother”.

Will this cameo afford Barkley further first-team opportunities for the Blues?

Read more:

How Timo Werner responded to his huge, disallowed goal tally since he joined Chelsea

Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi & more issue social media responses to Chelsea’s win over Southampton


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4