The Blues have been trying to shut the hole on the highest three within the desk — with Southampton on a foul run of type with six straight defeats within the Premier League for the reason that win over Liverpool — however their activity grew to become tougher when Takumi Minamino‘s composed end put the house facet forward in opposition to the run of play.
Mason Mount coolly levelled from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Danny Ings earlier than Jannick Vestergaard hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy overwhelmed all finally ends up. Nevertheless it ended degree.
It was a assured begin from the guests who dominated proceedings from the primary whistle. The customer’s injected some much-needed depth into their play after the break which ensured they continue to be unbeaten underneath Thomas Tuchel.
The wasteful Blues produced only one shot on course within the opening 38 minutes — a feeble 40-yard effort from defender Antonio Rudiger — and so they have been punished by Minamino’s suckerpunch on the counter which may see Tuchel’s males finish the weekend outdoors the highest 4.
Supervisor score out of 10
7 — Absolutely the Premier League’s noisiest supervisor on the sidelines, Chelsea have appeared a dominant drive underneath Tuchel’s management. Regardless of that, he minimize a annoyed determine for big spells, mirrored by his determination to deliver on — after which off — winger Callum Hudson-Odoi within the second half.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — You’ll be able to’t actually maintain him chargeable for the opening purpose, however he did not actually impose himself both and was floored by Minamino’s tidy footwork. He was extra assured to collect a James Ward-Prowse nook, however was grateful to see Vestergaard’s effort shake the bar.
DF Reece James, 6 — He simply appears to take the Blues up a gear when he is obtainable. It was one other glorious begin from the younger full-back who terrorized his opponents with a sequence of surging runs, however he blazed an excellent alternative over the bar late on.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 — The Chelsea skipper barely had something to do for half an hour, however Minamino sat him down earlier than coolly rolling the opener previous Mendy.
DF Antonio Rudiger, 5 — His coronary heart was most likely in his mouth when Mendy did not appear to be paying all that a lot consideration as he nodded the ball again to his keeper. His 40-yard strike was formidable at finest and he was caught out of place for the Southampton purpose.
DF Kurt Zouma, 6 — Loved a quiet begin with Southampton assaults a rarity, however he did his finest to catch the attention with a pleasant swap of play to pick Marcos Alonso on the left and drew a sensible save from McCarthy with a strong header on the again submit.
DF Marcos Alonso, 7 — Tuchel promised contemporary begins after his arrival and Alonso has benefitted greater than anybody. He is been good worth too and lashed a strong strike extensive of the far submit earlier than fizzing in a low cross that just about discovered Timo Werner.
MF N’Golo Kante, 6 — Does he ever cease working? One other gut-busting efficiency from the tireless midfielder who most likely coated each blade of grass twice, however even he could not snuff out Redmond’s cross that despatched Minamino on his option to open the scoring.
MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 — Like Kante, he imposed himself properly as you’d anticipate which allowed Chelsea to dictate proceedings. He fed Alonso on the touchline with a neat cross too because the Blues continued to search out pleasure on the left flank.
MF Mason Mount, 8 — Chelsea’s star man by a long way. It was a tireless efficiency from the tenacious midfielder who has rapidly gained over Tuchel. He was sensible within the second half and picked himself up off the turf to calmly roll previous McCarthy from 12 yards.
FW Tammy Abraham, 5 — The ahead has appeared good in current occasions and began brightly once more right here, however he was thwarted by some alert defending from Mohammed Salisu as he appeared to assault Saints’ field and needed to be withdrawn by damage on the break.
FW Timo Werner, 5 — A day of close to misses for the pacey ahead, who produced a handful of driving runs and harmful cut-backs, however they did not discover a blue shirt and Tuchel wasn’t finest happy as his overhit swap of play to Alonso crept out of play.
MF Jorginho, NR — A usually industrious outing, however the midfielder clearly wasn’t within the temper to take probabilities as he professionally hauled down his man on midway to abruptly halt a Southampton counter-attack.
FW Callum Hudson-Odoi, 5 — Induced issues off the bench together with his fast toes and had a giant hand within the leveller when he picked out Mount who was clattered by Ings, solely to be hauled off himself instead of Hakim Ziyech half an hour later. Brutal.
FW Hakim Ziyech, NR — If Hudson-Odoi was already disillusioned, Ziyech’s underpar contribution can have carried out little to raise his spirits because the winger was dismissed the ball by Bertrand together with his first involvement.