Southampton vs Chelsea final score: Fired-up Blues hammer Saints

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Chelsea hammered Southampton 6-0 at St Mary’s as Thomas Tuchel’s side reacted emphatically to their recent defeats.

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The reigning European champions were 4-0 up at half time as they ran riot, with Timo Werner and Mason Mount both scoring twice, plus Kai Havertz and Marcos Alonso also got in on the act as Southampton made a string of defensive mistakes.

With the win Chelsea move on to 62 points and strengthen their grip on a top four finish, as Tuchel’s side warmed up nicely for their big UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg at Real Madrid.

Southampton have now lost four of their last five and are limping towards the end of the season.

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Southampton vs Chelsea final score, stats

Southampton 0-6 Chelsea

Goals scored: Alonso 8′, Mount 16′, Werner 21′, Havertz 31′, Werner 49′, Mount 54′

Shots: Southampton 4, Chelsea 24

Shots on target: Southampton 1, Chelsea 14

Possession: Southampton 29, Chelsea 71


Three things we learned from Southampton vs Chelsea

1. Chelsea show incredible reaction: Thomas Tuchel said he wanted to see a reaction from his Chelsea side after they lost to Brentford and Real Madrid in the last week, conceding seven goals in the process. My word, did he get it. Chelsea were fired-up from the first minute and never looked like losing this game. They were in total control, won individual battles and were ruthless in front of goal. They could have even scored more. Chelsea were threatening a result like this as they had lots of chances against Real Madrid in midweek too. Finally it all came together and this was the perfect result ahead of a massive game at Real Madrid.

2. Defensive mistakes creep back in for Saints: This was yet another horrendous defensive display from Southampton as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side imploded. It wasn’t another 9-0 but it could have been. Easily. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was their best player and made three fine stops, plus Chelsea hit the woodwork twice. Saints’ high-pressing tactics never got going at all because they made so many huge individual defensive mistakes. Salisu and Ward-Prowse were to blame in the first half and Saints were just all over the place with huge gaps in midfield. This was horrendous and in many ways more shocking than the 9-0 results because you couldn’t see this coming.

3. Speedy attack, wing backs the way to go for Blues: Timo Werner stretched Southampton and wing backs Loftus-Cheek (who did well in an unusual position) and Marcos Alonso had a field day. Having a fluid attacking unit which can drag teams all over the place is the way to go for Chelsea, as that gets the best out of the marauding wing backs and knits everything together.

Man of the Match: Mason Mount – Two goals and an assist and the England international oozed class throughout.


Chelsea fly out of the traps

Timo Werner had the first big chance of the game but his low effort hit the post, as both teams went for it early on.

Werner then headed against the bar from six yards out as Chelsea should have been ahead, but soon they were.

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A ball into the box was brilliantly flicked on by Mason Mount and Alonso was on hand to slam home and put Chelsea 1-0 up.

James Ward-Prowse whipped in a free kick which just went wide but soon it was 2-0. The ball found Mount on the edge of the box and he drilled a low shot home to double Chelsea’s lead.

Away side rack up the score

It was nearly 3-0 as Alonso set up Werner but his shot was brilliantly saved by Fraser Forster, but then Werner did make it 3-0 as Ward-Prowse’s awful header back towards his own goal was straight to the German striker who raced in on goal and finished.

It was 4-0 before the break as another huge defensive mistake, this time from Mohammed Salisu, allowed Werner in and his shot hit the post (again) but Havertz was on hand to finish the rebound.

Forster made two superb stops before the break to keep the score down further, as Saints changed their formation and brought on Yan Valery to try and shore things up.

Goals keep on coming

At the start of the second half Chelsea made it 5-0 as N’Golo Kante ran free and tried to chip Forster. He saved it but the ball fell straight to Werner who scored his second.

Che Adams should have pulled one back for Saints but Edouard Mendy saved well, then Chelsea went 6-0 up.

Alonso’s cross found half time sub Christian Pulisic and his shot was saved, but Mount was on hand to score his second.

Alonso flashed another just wide late on as Southampton prayed for the full time whistle and made it with just six goals conceded. It could have been a lot more.

USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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