'He's a fantastic player' - Puel praises former pupil Hazard after Chelsea defeat

Although the Belgian wants to win everything, he is targeting one title that he has yet to win in his careeer

Southampton manager Claude Puel felt Eden Hazard and Diego Costa proved the difference as Premier League leaders Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard fired in his 15th league goal of the season after five minutes but ex-Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu levelled and Southampton were in the ascendancy before Gary Cahill headed home in first-half stoppage time.

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Costa then came to the fore after the interval with a brace – his second a wonderfully worked goal featuring one-twos with Hazard and Pedro.

Ryan Bertrand nodded in a late Saints consolation and Puel was largely impressed with his players, but was left to rue two world-class talents.

"It was a better performance than against Manchester City [a 3-0 defeat in Southampton's previous match]," he told a post-match news conference.

"It's a shame in the end because we had a good game with quality, against a great, good opponent.

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"But we conceded the goals in bad moments, after five minutes, just before half-time, just after half-time. It's a shame, it's a shame.

"We played against great players. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa played well and they were the difference."

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