Chelsea thrashed Southampton 6-0 at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount both scoring twice.
Chelsea were back on form after losing to Brentford in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Marcos Alonso, Mount, Werner, and Kai Havertz scored in the first 31 minutes as Thomas Tuchel’s team thrashed Saints.
To close the eight-point deficit to fifth-placed Arsenal, who lost to Brighton and Hove Albion at home, Werner and Mount scored early in the second half.
Early on, Chelsea piled on the pressure and took the lead when Alonso tapped in a cushioned cross from Mount, who added a superb second from 20 yards.
Werner scored his first goal after twice hitting the post with a header from James Ward-Prowse at the halfway line, beating Jan Bednarek and rounding Fraser Forster.
After Werner’s shot hit the post, Havertz tapped in a straightforward finish, and only three great stops from Forster prevented a bigger gap before half-time.
After Forster parried N’Golo Kante’s dink straight to Werner, the attack continued.
Chelsea punished Edouard Mendy’s error by Mount scoring after Forster stopped Christian Pulisic and Werner out.
Alonso/Reece Southampton held out until the final whistle without allowing a second goal, boosting Chelsea’s confidence ahead of their second leg against Madrid.
So, what? Chelsea’s explosive start wins the game
Chelsea earned their first three-goal lead in a Premier League away game with Alonso, Mount and Werner scoring in the first 21 minutes.
They had four ten minutes later, the quickest away from home in a top-flight game since Chelsea took just 27 minutes at Bolton Wanderers in October 2011.
Chelsea cruised to victory thanks to a fantastic start.