Antonio Conte was keen to highlight our excellent recent league form as he analysed our eighth victory in 10 games and our fifth straight success at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues dominated for large swatches against Southampton but were only able to breach Fraser Forster and his defence on one occasion, when Marcos Alonso bent in an inch-perfect free-kick on the stroke of half-time.
That was enough for three more points and Conte was clear in his post-match message. The boss also looked forward to our next assignment, against Bournemouth on Wednesday in the last eight of the Carabao Cup, but first was his assessment of today's game…
‘A good win, a good job from all my players,’ he said.
‘Yesterday I said we have to pay great attention against Southampton. They are a good team with young, fast players. I’m happy because my players played the game with great concentration. We deserved to win.
‘When the score is only 1-0, despite creating many chances to score the second goal, for sure you don’t relax. But I saw the right attention and commitment from my players so I am happy.
‘We finished with a clean sheet which is important for our goalkeeper and the whole team.
'This season we have created many chances but we must be more accurate with our finishing. When you score more than one goal, you can be more relaxed, me as well!'
Conte highlighted his team’s recent Premier League record which he feels has not received enough credit
‘In the last 10 games we won eight games, drew against Liverpool away, and lost one game against West Ham. If someone asks me in the next 10 games if I am ready to sign for these results, I am ready! Some people are forgetting this run because there is a team that is winning every game.
‘At the same time, you have to consider other teams are trying to do their best. My players in the last 10 games did a good job.’
A late booking for Alonso means he will be suspended for the midweek cup tie
‘I prefer to have all my players available. Now there is a problem, also because Zappacosta is recovering from a bad flu. It can happen. We must be ready to overcome this difficulty.’