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Chelsea show champion spirit against Southampton

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Chelsea fought back this weekend to defeat high flying Southampton, picking up an important three points which edged them closer to the top of the league.

Chelsea won the game 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and in the second half were worthy winners.

After a disappointing first half performance, Chelsea played just like champions boasting their resilience and fantastic ability to perform under pressure.

Chelsea lacked creativity and enthusiasm first half, but it wasn't the Chelsea team that we as a footballing audience has come accustom too.

Southampton marked the Chelsea side extremely well and Southampton's energy levels were admirable.

Southampton attacked in numbers, but the players that did support the attackers were also back for defensive duties.

Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne were superb first half for the Saints and although they were always a key part of their exciting fluid attacks, they also played a huge part in keeping Eden Hazard and Juan Mata out of the game.

However, second half Southampton could not maintain their intense energy levels that have brought them early season success.

Chelsea's class overpowered Southampton and goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba finished off the Saints.

We learnt a lot from Chelsea's comeback and their behaviour was Championship worthy.

First of all, under pressure Chelsea still perform and that mentality could just give Chelsea the edge over their opponents they need.

Ramires' distribution of the ball was world class throughout the game and allowed Hazard and Mata to receive the ball in exciting areas.

His sheer class and competent passing ability meant that Chelsea could get around the back of an organised Southampton defence easily and the pair of Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte that have stopped countless attackers this season were split.

The Southampton players became tired and their lack of energy towards the end was very detectable and something Jose Mourinho thrived off.

Although it is all too obvious Chelsea have superb depth; it was proved again as Demba Ba came on to the field to net Chelsea's third, however it was how quickly the players adapted that was impressive.

All of the players were aware of their roles and responsibilities and the Chelsea team found it easy to un pick the defence as soon as they became tired.

Chelsea's determination to get back in the game was that of Champions and although league leaders Arsenal continue to win, Chelsea's mind-set is perfect and their team is without a doubt capable to lift the Premier League trophy again.

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