Marcos Alonso scored a sublime first-half free-kick as Chelsea were 1-0 winners over Southampton on Saturday. The Spaniard’s third strike of the season saw the Blues claim their eighth win in 10 games and keep in touching distance of Manchester United in second. Here’s who impressed at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Chelsea beat the Saints a goal to nil:
The Brazilian impressed away to Huddersfield and continued the form at the weekend. From the start, Willian was full of running and energy. Working tirelessly with and without the ball, the 29-year-old impressed as he started another game under Antonio Conte. He might feel slightly unfortunate to get on the scoresheet during the game, but he couldn’t find the final finish. Another great performance from Willian.
Another player who impressed in Yorkshire on Wednesday, Pedro continued where he left off. Like Willian, the Spaniard was always full of running. He made a number of dazzling runs either on the left or through the centre. The 30-year-old almost opened the scoring for the Blues after a jinking run allowed him to find some space, but his shot could only find the post.
1. Marcos Alonso
The man knows how to take a free-kick. He scored a few last season and he scored one at Wembley against Tottenham, but Marcos Alonso is a bonafide set-piece specialist. His bending free-kick surprised Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal, curling the ball around the wall and into the bottom corner. He came very close to adding his and Chelsea’s second with a volley, but Forster managed to get hands to the shot and tip it wide. However, he did pick up an unnecessary booking in the second half which has given him a one-match suspension – meaning he misses Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Bournemouth.