After back to back defeats, Chelsea are in desperate need of a bounce back today against Southampton.
Thomas Tuchel admitted he got tactics wrong against Manchester City last week, with The Blues never really posing a threat to the Champions.
The midweek match against Juventus was another frustrating 90 minutes. Chelsea had most of the ball, and never really looked like conceding, yet they did.
11 seconds into the second half, Federico Chiesa caught the defence napping, and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner.
Chelsea had 15 shots on goal, however just the single shot on target, proving that we need to be more clinical infront of goal.
Today’s opponents Southampton are in no way a pushover, however this game is a good deal easier than the previous two.
Chelsea make a number of changes from the midweek game in Turin, with Timo Werner lining up on the right, with CHO on the left.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts in midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic, and Trevoh Chalobah comes in for Andreas Christensen.
Hopefully we can be more clinical than Wednesday, and get back on track with 3 points this afternoon!
Right from the start it’s clear to see Chelsea are up for this one. Ferocious pressing throughout the side, with pace and power upfront.
Timo Werner looks sharp as always, and threatens early, however Southampton hang on for the time being.
1-0! Chelsea made a whirlwind start, and it’s rewarded. Ruben Loftus-Cheek nods on a Ben Chilwell corner, and young Trevoh Chalobah is waiting at the back post for a tap in!
As the half goes on, Chelsea continue to look threatening. Antonio Rudiger with another one of his runs, manages to find Romelu Lukaku, who slots the ball gone nicely, but the Belgian is an inch offside.
Southampton aren’t really in the game here, and have only had a minimal number of touches inside the Chelsea half.
The Saints’ main threat seems to be Theo Walcott, who is continuously popping up around the Chelsea box.
However the game is all Chelsea. After a flurry of 3 or 4 chances in a minute, the second finally comes…
2-0 Chelsea! Just like that, it’s 2-0 Chelsea. Timo Werner with a simple header at the back post!
VAR… 1-0 Chelsea.. And it’s disallowed. Maybe I’m biased, but a really soft foul on Walker-Peters in the build up means that the goal is chalked off. Unbelievable.
Half Time – Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
After seeing the VAR decision again, I still can’t see how it’s a foul. Horrific decision from the referee, who even went to the monitor on the sideline to check himself before disallowing the goal. Hopefully we can kill the game early in the second half.
One change at half time see’s The Saints replace their biggest threat of the first half, Theo Walcott, with Ibrahima Diallo.
5 minutes into the second half, it’s clear that Southampton have come out of their shell a bit more, and are growing in confidence. With 2 VAR decisions going their way in the first half, can you blame them?
Chelsea need to get the second goal and really try to kill this game off. The longer it stays 1-0, the more confidence the visitors will get.
Penalty to Southampton! And just like that, all the rued chances have come back to bite us on the backside! A poor tackle from Ben Chilwell on the lively Tino Livramento, and the ref has no choice but to give a penalty.
Goal! Chelsea 1-1 Southampton. James Ward-Prowse makes no mistake from the penalty spot, and sends Edouard Mendy the wrong way. Typical Chelsea.
Big chance! Timo Werner manages to break through on goal, and as per normal for the German, does everything right until the finish. Excellent save from Alex McCarthy, but that should be bulging the net.
RED CARD! Chelsea try to play out from the back, Jorginho manages to play the pass before James Ward-Prowse comes in with a late bad tackle. VAR steps in, and Martin Atkinson goes to his monitor before pulling out the red. A tough call that for the Southampton skipper. Quite harsh in my opinion.
10 minutes left at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea need a goal.
GOAAAALLL! 2-1 Chelsea! AND THERE IT IS! A wonderful pass from Ross Barkley finds Cesar Azpilicueta who fizzes a shot across goal, and none other than Timo Werner is there for the tap in! Get in!
GOAL! 3-1 Chelsea! Game over! Mason Mount finds Romelu Lukaku who misses a sitter off the post, which then comes out to Azpilicueta who hits the bar, before finally finding Ben Chilwell who hits a magnificent volley past Alex McCarthy!
Full Time – Chelsea 3-1 Southampton
Well, it wasn’t pretty was it. However, and a big however, the job is done.
An excellent performance from Timo Werner, and it’s great to see the German back on the scoresheet. Ex Chelsea player Tino Livramento was my man of the match. He was excellent for Southampton, and deserved to be on the winning side.
Next up for Chelsea is Brentford away after the international break.
Thank you all for reading!
Up The Chels!