Despite a positive start from the Blues, a set of defensive errors meant the Saints were able to come back to a 3-3 draw, with Frank Lampard’s side only managing to claim a point on Saturday. This continues a rather shaky start for Chelsea in the 2020-21 season, with fans witnessing the same costly mistakes each game. Here are 5 things we learnt from the frustrating game at the Bridge…
A Timo Werner Brace
As previously mentioned, Chelsea started strong – and were able to go 2-0 up within the first half hour of the game. It was the perfect start for new signing Timo Werner, who was able to claim his first goal in a Chelsea shirt. The German’s first goal was a beautiful solo effort, featuring a dummy on Jan Bednarek, before he was able to get past five Southampton players in the box and slot one home for his new team. However, the 24-year-old didn’t stop there. His second included a clever pass from Jorginho, with Werner then flicking the ball over the keeper and finally heading it into the net. The forward had a superb game at the weekend, and did everything he could to claim the three points.
Havertz’s First Premier League Goal
Another German who performed particularly well against the Saints was Kai Havertz. The new signing also got his first league goal for the Blues, with the youngster able to put the Blues up 3-2 just moments after Southampton’s equaliser. It was also none other than his international teammate Werner that assisted him in the box, with the two performing well together on Saturday. The 21-year-old made up for his earlier mistake, with the former Bayer Leverkusen man losing the ball to Che Adams who then gave the ball to Danny Ings, resulting in the first Southampton goal. Attacking wise, it was all smiles for Lampard, but the defensive flaws just won’t go away…
Ben Chilwell Continues to Impress
However, one defender that did have a good game was another new signing for the Blues: Mr Ben Chilwell. The Englishman once again looked superb going forward from the flanks, something Chelsea have been lacking – and it’s clear to see why the manager favoured him so much in the transfer window. The 23-year-old assisted the first goal of the game – finding Werner on the left side of the pitch. Although the left-back did start to look sloppy in the latter stages of the game, he wasn’t the only Chelsea player struggling in the second half.
A Second Half Downfall
Whether it was down to the amount of Chelsea players out on international duty and many feeling tired towards the end, or simply just a lack of passion and drive, the Blues performed significantly worse in the second half. The home side made countless sloppy mistakes, failed to press effectively and allowed Southampton to come back into the game. It was the same old story for the Blues, with Lampard’s side going two goals ahead yet failing to put the game to bed. However, we must give credit to the Saints as they were able to exploit Chelsea’s biggest weakness, making the most of our poor defence.
Same Mistakes at the Back
With Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva both out for Saturday’s game, Chelsea supporters were rightly nervous with Kepa Arrizabalaga starting in goal and a partnership of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen ahead of him. Although Havertz was largely at fault for the first goal, a set of costly mistakes from the keeper and the centre-backs meant Southampton were able to score three on the day. The second Saints goal, in particular, was comical for all the wrong reasons. First, Kurt Zouma misjudges the pass back to Kepa, with the Spaniard then failing to clear the ball when he comes out of goal. Further defensive errors finally lead to a goal by Che Adams. The final goal by the visiting side came from a (you’ve guessed it) set piece. Once again, it’s the same type of mistakes that will continue to cost us games.
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