The Blues have ended their weekend on a good note with a 4-1 win against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium. With somewhat of a slow start, Southampton right off the bat, gave Chelsea some discomfort with their constant pressing and for about 15 minutes, looked the more dangerous side. Chelsea once again were sloppy with their passing that led to silly mistakes and gave the ball to Southampton in dangerous territory. But all that was erased when a pass from Hudson-Odoi led to Tammy scoring on the 17th minute. Abraham managed to chip it sky high and get it past the keeper, Maya Yoshida tried to clear it with a diligent acrobatic attempt but the ball clearly passed the goal line and Chelsea were up 1-0 just like that. After the goal, Chelsea looked more comfortable on the ball and were winning the ball fairly easily. Their scoreline doubled when Willian relayed a pass to Mount who charged to the opposing box and scored with a superb finish.
Chelsea looked like they were in cruise control, creating several chances to increase their lead. Mount had the opportunity to make it 3-0 after a great pass from Tammy but Mason misfired it wide. Chelsea had some good build up play that all stemmed from Jorginho who also was pitching an effort defensively, but earned a yellow card in the 12th minute to stop a Southampton counter to collect his 4th yellow card of the season. All looked well until Yan Valery dribbled past two Chelsea defenders to put a dangerous ball in the box for Danny Ings who managed to slice the Chelsea lead in half and give some hope to the Saints. Momentum was now on Southampton’s side and Chelsea looked shaky once again on the counter but the energetic N’Golo Kante relieved Chelsea of the Saints’ pressure with a deflected shot that restored Chelsea’s 2 goal lead before half time.
The second half began with a slower pace than the first. Southampton never truly went away and always looked they could produced something whenever they crossed the halfway line. Hudson-Odoi had an excellent opportunity to seal it making it 4-1 but couldn’t get it past Angus Gunn. Mount and Hudson-Odoi came off for Kovacic and Christian Pulisic on the 80th Minute. Both sides were fighting but Chelsea eventually sealed the game with a goal from Michy Batshuayi with a wonderful assist from Christian Pulisic, reminding the fans of their linkup days at Dortmund. Frank Lampard had been under tremendous pressure from the media for not playing Pulisic but all that matters today was the win. Chelsea now head to the international break with 14 points and after a slow start to the season, have started getting back on track and have now 4 wins in a row in all competitions.
It was important for them to capitalise with Tottenham and United struggling. Arsenal won against Bournemouth putting them above Chelsea by one point but the South-west London side are now only two points behind Manchester City and have momentum on their side. The Blues will host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge after the international break and will hope to continue their winning streak.