Chelsea came out with plenty of intention and the appropriate and required levels of effort and desire to arrest the two-game slide of back-to-back 1-0 defeats, and it didn’t take long for us to open the scoring.
Ben Chilwell, starting his first Premier League match of the season, took the corner, which was flicked on by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, starting his first Premier League match for us in over a year, and finished off at the far post by young Trevoh Chalobah for his second goal of the season!
Chelsea looked to build on that early goal inside of the first ten minutes, creating multiple chances, with Loftus-Cheek and Chilwell going close. Lukaku then had the ball in the back of the net, but was rightly called offside. Werner then also had the ball in the back of the net, but was quite harshly chalked off for a supposed foul in the build-up, which was about two phases of play prior.
According to Chelsea commentary, that is the 16th time Timo Werner has had a goal disallowed . pic.twitter.com/YxABtlimnX— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 2, 2021
We looked to resume in the second half right where we left off in the first, but one mistake undid all our good work, with Chilwell fouling Livramento in the area and James Ward-Prowse making no mistake from the spot. Of course, we should’ve been well clear of the visitors by then, but refereeing mistakes ensured that wasn’t the case.
Tuchel started making his changes, putting on Mount then Jorginho, and it was the latter who got fouled from behind by James Ward-Prowse, to reduce Southampton to ten. Referee initially only gave a yellow, but VAR upgraded it.
Ross Barkley then came on, and made a telling difference, starting the move for Timo Werner’s goal, which was not ruled out for once for some random reason. Chelsea added a third a few minutes later after an absolutely ridiculous sequence that saw Lukaku and Azpilicueta both hit the woodwork before Chilwell finished it off with a volley that would’ve made Alonso proud.
3-1! Top of the league.
- Tuchel opting for plenty of pace and skill and fresh legs and ideas, giving starts to Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Werner, and Chilwell
- Mike Dean VAR making his presence felt
- Barkley’s second touch was the secondary assist for Werner’s goal!
- Chelsea top of the league, for now, with Manchester United drawing 1-1 with Everton earlier and Manchester City playing Liverpool tomorrow.
- Next up: international break