Three things we learned from Southampton – Chelsea

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Southampton – Chelsea was a tight, tense clash at St Mary’s which ended even.

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Takumi Minamino gave Saints the lead with a fine finish, but Mason Mount equalized from the penalty spot early in the second half.

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Southampton are now on 30 points for the season, while Chelsea have 43 points and suffered a setback in their top four push.


Three things we learned

1. Saints their own worst enemies: After six defeats in a row, Saints will take this point. But they could have had more. Danny Ings, who has so often won them games, gave away a silly penalty and that is a reoccurring theme for Saints. Defensive mistakes have been costing them points, but Hasenhuttl’s side worked hard even though they were far from their best. They now have a decent run of games coming up where they can fully get back on track.

2. Tuchel tinkers with his team: Tuchel made plenty of changes before the game and during it, and Chelsea lost a bit of fluidity in their play. They still dominated large chunks of the game but they couldn’t quite get their forwards in correct positions as the final pass or finish was off. The way Hudson-Odoi was brought on at half time then subbed off with 15 minutes to go summed up why Tuchel isn’t happy with his attacking lineup. They have huge games against Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United coming up and they need to get the balance right.

3. Hasenhuttl v Tuchel delivers respect: Knowing each other well from the Bundesliga, they have always had tight games. Hasenhuttl’s long-time assistant at Leipzig is now Tuchel’s assistant at Chelsea and all of that led to plenty of respect between the staff and players on each team. It was a tight, tetchy game and there were a lot of loud exasperated shouts from the sidelines.

Man of the Match: Mohammed Salisu – First Premier League start and made so many superb tackles and blocks. Brilliant at center back. N’Golo Kante was very good for Chelsea too.


Saints pressed high early on but Chelsea broke through that as Alonso drilled a shot just wide.

Timo Werner caused Saints lots of problems and almost slotted in Alonso, but the ball ran out of play.

Southampton took the lead against the run of play as Redmond slotted a great ball through to Minamino, who cut through the Chelsea defense and sat down both Edouard Mendy and Cesar Azpilicueta with a dummy then dinked home superbly.

Chelsea pushed hard for an equalizer before half time and a header from Antonio Rudiger was pushed away brilliantly by Alex McCarthy.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi came on for the injured Tammy Abraham at half time, as the latter had a bag of ice on his recently injured ankle.

Chelsea looked dangerous as Werner raced cleared on a few occasions but slammed an effort into the side-netting and Mohammed Salisu was on hand to clear the danger.

A poor tackle from Danny Ings in the box then handed Chelsea their equalizer as he slid in on Mason Mount and the Chelsea midfielder picked himself up and slotted home the penalty kick.

Both teams had chances as Jannik Vestergaard hit the crossbar with a fine header, while Reece James hammered over at the back post.