Jamie Redknapp reacts to Eden Hazard’s display in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Southampton
Jamie Redknapp heaps praise on Eden Hazard following his strong display in Chelsea's win over Southampton on Tuesday
Jamie Redknapp lavished praise on Eden Hazard after the Belgian playmaker set Chelsea on their way towards their 4-2 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
Chelsea made a blistering start to the Premier League tie and took the lead in the fifth minute when Hazard fired home a brilliant first-time finish from Diego Costa’s cut-back.
However, Southampton levelled in the 24th minute when former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu scrambled home.
Gary Cahill gave Chelsea the lead on the stroke of half-time with a superb header. Costa then made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute with a header of his own, before the Spaniard added a fourth late on to wrap up a thumping win.
Ryan Bertrand added a second for the visitors late on.
Redknapp was hugely impressed by what he saw from Hazard on Tuesday night and heaped praise on the 26-year-old for his display.
Speaking during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the game, Redknapp said: “Look at the desire that Hazard shows [for his goal].
“It was a lovely set-back for him by Diego Costa and he just fires the ball right into the bottom corner and the goalkeeper had absolutely no chance. I think it shows you the desire of Costa and Hazard.
“At times they were unplayable today and I think we saw the freshness after the weekend.
“It’s such a good finish, he keeps his head down, gets his chest over the ball and gets it right into the corner.”
Tuesday’s win lifted Chelsea back seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.