However, the Spain global was given the chance to play in the Europa League win over Vidi and has admitted he is interested in a contract extension with the Premier League club.
Chelsea have not lost to Southampton in their last six league games, dating to October 2015, and remained unbeaten over their last 42 games when holding the lead at half-time.
90+3' GOAL! And a bad afternoon for Southampton full stop as Morata gives them their third from a Hazard cross!
Olivier Giroud (7): he was close to securing a penalty kick and he paved the way for the second goal.
Chelsea had the final word, though, as the irrepressible Hazard sent Alvaro Morata clean through and the substitute chipped the ball over McCarthy.
They finished fifth and won the FA Cup last season under Conte.
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Hazard's brilliance comes as no surprise, but Barkley's might, given his tough start to life at Chelsea.
"He is doing well and working hard on the training ground".
"We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals", he told Sky Sports.
Interestingly, the Blues supporters are excited with Hazard's response.
Southampton produced their best passage of the match upon the game's resumption, but the opportunity to get back into it proved fleeting.
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The Belgian now leads the way in the Premier League top goalscorers table with six, and Southampton will have find a way to nullify him if they're to come away with anything. While ultimately he was unable to prevent Hazard from getting on the score sheet, Hoedt made a number of key tackles, and spared his side a crushing defeat with his tireless performance.