The Blues are off to Southampton in hopes to bounce back from a disappointing defeats against Brentford and Real Madrid
Welcome to live coverage of Southampton vs Chelsea at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Following a Champions League night to forget, Premier League football returns with the Blues looking to find some redemption.
Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that he expects more from his side, now the Blues have to react. They lost 4-1 to Brentford at home and were fortunate to see Arsenal drop points and fail to close the gap on the Premier League table.
The fight to finish third is back on, and Chelsea will be hoping to earn all three points against Southampton. The Saints will be without Armando Broja as he is not eligible to play against his parent club. Broja has been on loan to Southampton this season and has become an important asset to their attack.
It was last year in October when Chelsea got their Premier League win against Ralf Hassenhutl’s side. Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell were all on the score sheet, and the match ended 3-1. A total of 20 shots, nine on target and 62% possession for the Blues made it an enjoyable watch for the Chelsea fans. Considering their current form, can they match this energy this afternoon?
Chelsea will be hoping to earn their third win of the season over Thomas Frank’s side and second following an international break after Ben Chilwell’s strike separated the sides in October. The Blues could only muster five shots on target that afternoon as Brentford bombarded their goal. However, the Bees will hope to capitalise more efficiently with their efforts this afternoon.
Follow all of the action from the game below with Adam Newson, Scott Trotter and Anita Abayomi, who bring every moment up to and beyond kick-off at 3pm.
Rate the players
Premier League, Saturday 9th, 2022
Tough choice but who is your man ?
That’s more like it. Much better from Chelsea and they’ll need to go up another level against Real Madrid, but Thomas Tuchel should enjoy this one. A relief for the team, staff and fans.
Things have definitely calmed down but could we see one more? Chelsea still look a threat when they move through the gears but Southampton are enjoying a little bit more of possession at the moment.
On the pitch
A Chelsea fan already made it on earlier in the afternoon now a small child has made it from the Southampton end, though mainly stays by the byline. Dealt with reasonably quickly.
The Saints just trying to find some attacks now though are yet to trouble the goal. Chelsea just need to stay on their game to quash the breaks to ensure they come away with a much-needed clean sheet.
New trim, new Mase.
The very impressive Mount heads off for Ziyech.
Chelsea fans are very noisy this afternoon. Brilliant outing for them.
Thiago Silva heads off for a rest with Reece James coming on.
Christensen moves central, with James on the right of the back three.
They just keep on coming! Mason Mount the latest on the scoresheet. Pulisic has his shot saved, and Forster takes the ball away from Werner but Mount doesn’t miss
Cheeky Tap in?
My prediction has come true, Werner has his second goal of the afternoon with an easy tap in.
Timo Werner adds a second. N’Golo Kante deserves lots of credit for a storming run through the centre, he tries to evade Forster but the Saint’s keeper palms his shot out the air and into Werner’s path. Easy finish.
A very serious claim here. Do you agree?
Not as many Saints fans in their seats this half…
Rival fans praise Chelsea’s mentality.
Christian Pulisc on for Havertz.
Half Time Thoughts…
Well, it looks like Thomas Tuchel has got the reaction that he asked for!
The Blues have turned up in the first half and all has gone to plan. Alonso is back on the scoresheet along with Mason Mount. Kai Havertz, showing up as usual.
Timo Werner is the talking point of the half, however! 3 unfortunate misses for the German. He should at least have had a hat trick by now. He sure knows how to work the Southampton back line.
That’s 4 goals in 4 starts against the Saints.
Hoping for another goal for Werner, he’s itching for it.
The backline has barely had much to do. Let’s see if Antonio Rudiger is up for another 30-yard screamer today.
It’s looking positive for the Blues.
Half time player ratings
Mendy – 6
Christensen – 7
Silva – 7
Rudiger – 7
Loftus-Cheek – 8
Kante – 7
Kovacic – 7
Alonso – 8
Mount – 9
Havertz – 8
Werner – 8
Alonso – 8
Forster denies Havertz (0-4)
Another chance for Chelsea. This time Havertz is denied by Forster.
Chelsea have a fourth just after the half-hour mark!
It’s brilliant from Werner as he dances beyond two challenges, but he then hits the post from close range. The rebound falls to Havertz, though, who finishes from close range.
TURBO TIMO TURNS UP!
We told you he would come through! Timo exploits the highlight and slots it into the back of the net.
That’s 4 goals in 4 starts against Southampton for the German
Chelsea are running riot here in Southampton and they have a third goal inside 21 minutes!
This time it’s of Southampton’s own doing as Romeu heads the ball back into his own half, but over the covering defenders. Werner has 40 yards to run into, he then rounds Forster and taps in.
Werner denied (0-2)
Another chance for Werner. This time he’s denied by Forster.
Chelsea have a second and the man from Portsmouth has done it again!
The ball dropped to Mount 25 yards out and he drove the ball towards goal on the bounce. No chance for Forster as the shot flies into the corner.
Challenge on (0-1)
Timo Werner is getting close!
Two chances for the German, unluck for the first but should really be burying the second. A clear header for the German into an open net, however, he hits the cross bar instead.
He’s getting there!
Chelsea ahead and it’s only taken seven minutes!
Off the bar (0-0)
Second chance of the game for Werner. Second time he’s hit the woodwork. This time it happened after a close-range header. He should’ve scored in truth.
Off the post (0-0)
Almost an early opener for Chelsea as Timo Werner rattles the post. Kai Havertz then skies one over the crossbar from close range.
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