20 Feb Chelsea held as 8/10 Mount shines however 5/10 Hudson-Odoi a subbed sub
Southampton ended Chelsea’s five-match profitable run to carry them to a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Blues have been trying to shut the hole on the highest three within the desk — with Southampton on a foul run of type with six straight defeats within the Premier League because the win over Liverpool — however their job turned tougher when Takumi Minamino’s composed end put the house facet forward in opposition to the run of play.
Mason Mount coolly levelled from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Danny Ings earlier than Jannick Vestergaard hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy crushed all finally ends up. However it ended stage.
It was a assured begin from the guests who dominated proceedings from the primary whistle. The customer’s injected some much-needed depth into their play after the break which ensured they continue to be unbeaten below Thomas Tuchel.
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The wasteful Blues produced only one shot on goal within the opening 38 minutes — a feeble 40-yard effort from defender Antonio Rudiger — and so they have been punished by Minamino’s suckerpunch on the counter which may see Tuchel’s males finish the weekend exterior the highest 4.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Absolutely the Premier League’s noisiest supervisor on the sidelines, Chelsea have appeared a dominant pressure below Tuchel’s management. Regardless of that, he reduce a pissed off determine for giant spells, mirrored by his resolution to convey on — after which off — winger Callum Hudson-Odoi within the second half.
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GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — You’ll be able to’t actually maintain him accountable for the opening purpose, however he did not actually impose himself both and was floored by Minamino’s tidy footwork. He was extra assured to collect a James Ward-Prowse nook, however was grateful to see Vestergaard’s effort shake the bar.
DF Reece James, 6 — He simply appears to take the Blues up a gear when he is accessible. It was one other wonderful begin from the younger full-back who terrorized his opponents with a sequence of surging runs, however he blazed alternative over the bar late on.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 — The Chelsea skipper barely had something to do for half an hour, however Minamino sat him down earlier than coolly rolling the opener previous Mendy.
DF Antonio Rudiger, 5 — His coronary heart was most likely in his mouth when Mendy did not appear to be paying all that a lot consideration as he nodded the ball again to his keeper. His 40-yard strike was bold at finest and he was caught out of place for the Southampton purpose.
DF Kurt Zouma, 6 — Loved a quiet begin with Southampton assaults a rarity, however he did his finest to catch the attention with a pleasant swap of play to pick Marcos Alonso on the left and drew a wise save from McCarthy with a robust header on the again submit.
DF Marcos Alonso, 7 — Tuchel promised contemporary begins after his arrival and Alonso has benefitted greater than anybody. He is been good worth too and lashed a robust strike broad of the far submit earlier than fizzing in a low cross that just about discovered Timo Werner.
MF N’Golo Kante, 6 — Does he ever cease working? One other gut-busting efficiency from the tireless midfielder who most likely coated each blade of grass twice, however even he could not snuff out Redmond’s go that despatched Minamino on his solution to open the scoring.
MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 — Like Kante, he imposed himself nicely as you’d count on which allowed Chelsea to dictate proceedings. He fed Alonso on the touchline with a neat go too because the Blues continued to search out pleasure on the left flank.
MF Mason Mount, 8 — Chelsea’s star man by a ways. It was a tireless efficiency from the tenacious midfielder who has shortly gained over Tuchel. He was sensible within the second half and picked himself up off the turf to calmly roll previous McCarthy from 12 yards.
FW Tammy Abraham, 5 — The ahead has appeared good in latest instances and began brightly once more right here, however he was thwarted by some alert defending from Mohammed Salisu as he appeared to assault Saints’ field and needed to be withdrawn by harm on the break.
FW Timo Werner, 5 — A day of close to misses for the pacey ahead, who produced a handful of driving runs and harmful cut-backs, however they didn’t discover a blue shirt and Tuchel wasn’t finest happy as his overhit swap of play to Alonso crept out of play.
MF Jorginho, NR — A usually industrious outing, however the midfielder clearly wasn’t within the temper to take probabilities as he professionally hauled down his man on midway to abruptly halt a Southampton counter-attack.
FW Callum Hudson-Odoi, 5 — Brought about issues off the bench together with his fast toes and had an enormous hand within the leveller when he picked out Mount who was clattered by Ings, solely to be hauled off himself rather than Hakim Ziyech half an hour later. Brutal.
FW Hakim Ziyech, NR — If Hudson-Odoi was already upset, Ziyech’s underpar contribution may have executed little to elevate his spirits because the winger was disregarded the ball by Bertrand together with his first involvement.