Chelsea continued their fine sequence of results to emphatically win 3-0 at St Mary’s against Southampton, sending out an ominous message to their title rivals.
The first half was a tense affair as neither side really managed to take a hold of the game. Chelsea appeared to be suffering from a blunted strike force once more, yet showed their ruthless streak in the second half.
Fernando Torres broke the striking hoodoo for the Blues, scoring dead on 60 minutes as he nodded home in an unmarked position following up from a deflected Oscar cross.
At this point Chelsea seized the initiative and strikes from Oscar and Willian, who came on for the ineffective Schurrle and Mata, really helped Mourinho’s men purr to victory here.
Oscar was instrumental in the 2nd goal on 71 minutes and gave the ball to Willian who wrapped the ball round his approaching defender and into the bottom corner.
The enigmatic Brazilian then added the gloss to the win to make it 3-0 on the 82nd minute as Hazard put through Oscar as the Blues made a quick break, and made no mistake firing home at the near post.
Mourinho will be hoping his side can take this positive start to the New Year into the rest of 2014, whilst Southampton are still trying to find their early season momentum.