It’s been a fantastic 11 days for Chelsea fans and this match was no exception. Having looked absolutely lethal away from home, Lampard was rewarded for his continued faith in Chelsea’s youngsters as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham scored again. A sloppy goal did little to dampen proceedings as N’Golo Kanté added a third before the break. Cult hero Michy Batshuayi completed the rout with a well taken goal in stoppage time.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Kepa, to my frustration, has received a surprising amount of criticism this season so far. The majority of it has been undeserved. Today he impressed again with some good play out from the back even when under pressure from a fast Southampton attack. He could do little to prevent the Southampton goal so a six may seem harsh. In reality however, he had a very quiet game in the away goal and as a result it isn’t possible to rate him any higher.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
After a strong performance at the weekend against Brighton followed byan equally impressive display against Lille, Cesar deservedly started today against Southampton. With Reece James on the bench, I predict we will continue to see strong performances from the Spaniard. He didn’t let us down today and generally was solid up the right-side.
Fikayo Tomori – 6.5
Midweek against Lille we saw a slightly different side to Fikayo Tomori. A player whom had looked so powerful and unfazed in his previous games did look slightly rattled at times in a difficult European away game. In the first half, he looked to be continuing from this with the most notable example being a poor back-pass to Kepa. Thankfully, Jorginho read this and was able to prevent what would’ve been a crucial goal before halftime for Southampton. Tomori certainly looked more awake after this and recovered the ball well using his physicality in the second half.
Given his call up this week to the national side, every Chelsea fan will no doubt be excited to see what he can do with the opportunity.
Kurt Zouma – 6.5
Upon the team news being revealed at 1pm today, many fans would’ve been surprised to see Zouma replacing Andreas Christensen in the side. Southampton’s goal was seemingly completely avoidable, with Valery having no right to push as far into the Chelsea box as he did. Zouma could’ve done more in the box to challenge Ings in the box but his positioning did count against him. Once again, Zouma proved why Lampard continues to select him with a commanding display in the air.
Marcos Alonso – 7.5
Today we saw a glimpse of the Marcos Alonso who was so dominant on the left hand side of our glorious 16/17 campaign as the Spaniard looked competent in both the attack and defence. Whilst his attacking output has never been doubted, Alonso made a few strong tackles in this game. Barring Southampton’s goal, which he could’ve done more to prevent Valery’s run, I thought he was strong in defence. His performance was rewarded by a good ball to N’golo Kanté for Chelsea’s third.
Jorginho – 9
Wow, what a performance and what a way to celebrate being made the clubs vice-captain.
He was brilliant again and was rewarded by the away fans who sang his name frequently throughout the game. He did brilliantly to prevent Southampton scoring just before half-time after the aforementioned Tomori mistake. Once again coming deep to collect the ball in periods where Southampton looked like they could create genuine chances. It’s so refreshing to see just how far this guy has come from the darker days of last season.
The only slight negative? A yellow card. He is now just one away from a ban. It was unlucky, after Azpilicueta should’ve been given a foul for a blatant shirt pull.
N’Golo Kanté – 8
It’s so good to have this guy back in our midfield. He was fantastic, as you’d expect. His work-ethic, as always, was brilliant. It’s always nice to see this guy score, and when he picked up the ball 25-yards out I was surprised to feel optimistic about the shot. N’Golo didn’t disappoint, and whilst the deflection was certainly fortunate it was an absolutely crucial moment in the game. Having just seen Ing’s claw one back, this goal did wonders to reestablish a calmness in our play going into half-time.
Mason Mount – 7.5
I wouldn’t have been overly surprised to see Mount rested for this game. After all, he looked knackered by the time he was subbed off against Lille, I don’t really blame him he has played so much this season already. He didn’t show it today however, demonstrating why he’s being picked every week.
For his goal he did fantastically to intercept a goal kick. Some good play by Jorginho and then Willian was picked up by Mount who emphatically blasted the ball beyond Gunn in net. In truth, he should’ve scored another just minutes later but I think he can be let off this time.
Overall, I believe Mason is a far more useful asset being played in an attacking role in our midfield as opposed to the wing. Once again he led the press and displayed an impressive passing range. He was unlucky not to be rewarded with an assist.
Willian – 8
A third successive good performance from our new number 10. Willian looked exceptionally creative today and was fearless dribbling at the Southampton back-line. Despite being one of our older players, his work-ethic was again brilliant and several times he did well to recover the ball. He was rewarded with his performance with an assist and showed us why Frank has been given such a selection headache on the wings.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7.5
With three stellar performances under his belt against Grimsby, Brighton and Lille this game presented Lampard with the perfect opportunity to give Callum his first Premier League start in just under six months.
He immediately justified his selection with his fantastic through-ball to Tammy Abraham to open the scoring. Up to this point, the game had been cagey and it did need a moment of brilliance like this to open it up. Callum did have a couple of moments in the second-half where he could’ve done more with the ball against the Southampton defence but he looks to have brought a real creative spark back with him.
Tammy Abraham – 8
I won’t lie, the striker situation going into the season was a massive concern of mine. Creating chances last season hadn’t always been a big problem, our finishing had left a lot to be desired.
Tammy was fantastic today and his finish today is one of his best so far. Whilst Gunn was undoubtedly reckless coming off his line, Tammy did so well to get the ball over him and back down again in time to push it beyond the line. Yoshida made a brilliant attempt to clear the ball but it was obviously too late. Tammy again held the ball up well today and created a couple more good opportunities to score.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
Mateo was undoubtedly brought on to control the game in order to avoid a repeat of Sheffield United and he did just that. We are so lucky to have a player of his quality that we can bring on to see games out in the midfield.
Christian Pulisic – 8
In a week where Christian has been a hot topic, the American certainly made a statement to Frank Lampard today. His dribbling leading to his pass showed what he’s capable off. Despite the high price tag, Chelsea look to have a real talent on their hands. I’ve given him an 8 simply because he couldn’t have done anything more in the game.
Michy Batshuayi – 8
A player who has always struggled to get into several Chelsea sides. One thing that can never be doubted about him is his finishing. He didn’t let us down today and Gunn stood no chance of stopping his emphatic finish. I don’t think he’ll ever be starting quality but is undoubtedly a useful option if you need to kill off a game.
There’s no denying this has been a brilliant weekend for Chelsea fans. For the first time this season we’ve won two Premier League games in a row and its now four in a row in all competitions.
The youth boys just keep turning up week in week out, it’s amazing to see players with just as much passion for our club as us fans do! It was also brilliant to see Frank adjusting our defending on set-pieces, something that has been a huge problem for us this season. I only hope we stick with and continue to improve defensively.
There is one slight negative.
The international means we now have to wait two weeks to see us take on Crystal Palace at home…