"In the last three, four weeks, he hasn't been training a lot".
Much to the frustration of the home fans, Southampton were obliging hosts.
While most of the Chelsea players have been performing exceptionally, but Eden Hazard has most certainly been the star of the show proving once again that he is right up there with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.
Southampton are interested in a move for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
"He is playing at exceptionally high standard, [Lionel] Messi didn't do bad the other week as well!" he said.
Chelsea dominated for large parts of the opening 20 minutes and they were camped in the Southampton half, but they were unable to register a clear attempt at goal.
Wesley Hoedt sent a lazy pass to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and the Danish midfielder failed to spot Barkley in close attendance.
Hazard, who helped Belgium to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation last summer, has already netted six goals in five Premier League games to hit the ground running in the current campaign.
26' A howler by Danny Ings who spoons the ball well over the bar from close range, after a decent cross by Bertrand.
"Debates of that type of probably better made when he's a bit older and he's got grey hair like me and everybody can discuss the merits once everybody's finished, but he's an outstanding player".
Chelsea punished their former left-back's profligacy in the 57th minute.
The Blues derailed their quest when Ross Barkley tap-in a free-kick by Willian for his first goal in the club's colours since arriving from Everton in January.
Soon after the second-half got underway, Chelsea added a second.
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.