Chelsea respond to back-to-back defeats with a 6-0 thrashing on the South Coast.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
After enduring back-to-back defeats for just the third in the Thomas Tuchel era, Chelsea looked to bounce back against Southampton – a side they hadn’t beat in their previous four attempts.
That being said, the Saints also entered the fixture winless in their previous five games. Both teams were looking to use the match to generate some form, with both sides looking to head into the final stages of the season with as much momentum as possible.
It perhaps goes without saying, but with a game against Real Madrid on Tuesday, more was on the line in the game for Chelsea. Looking to improve from Wednesday’s performance, Thomas Tuchel made four changes to the starting eleven that was named against Real Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel needed a reaction from his side, which is exactly what he received in the early stages of the game.
In the opening six minutes of the game, Timo Werner struck both the post and crossbar as the German was denied an opener in the early stages. Two minutes later, Chelsea found themselves ahead as Marcos Alonso fired the ball into the back of the net with a composed first-time strike.
Eight minutes later, Mason Mount doubled the visitors lead with an accurate strike from outside the penalty area. Just 16 minutes in, the Blues midfielder already had a goal and assist at St Mary’s.
From here the onslaught continued, with Timo Werner eventually getting in on the act to pick up a very well-deserved goal. The London club were making a huge statement on the South Coast, putting the Saints all but out of sight in the opening 20 minutes.
As the game moved on towards the half hour mark, Werner was once again denied by the frame of the goal. However, this time his fellow countryman Kai Havertz was there to convert from close range and put the European Champions 4-0 ahead.
Fraser Forster, who had been beaten four times already, went on to deny a trio of German attempts from Antonio Rüdiger, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. Instead, the Blues had to settle for just the four-goal lead heading into the break.
Taking off where they left off, Chelsea began the second half by converting a fifth on the 49th minute. Timo Werner was the scorer again, which made it seem as if another 9-0 defeat was on the cards for the hosts.
Hasenhüttl’s side responded with a chance of their own, with Ché Adams bringing an inactive Édouard Mendy into action who kept his clean sheet firmly intact. Minutes later, Thomas Tuchel’s side converted a sixth as Mason Mount picked up his second of the afternoon.
With the icing now on the already baked cake, the visitors took their foot off the gas for the remaining 30 minutes and sealed out an impressive victory on the road.
After the Whistle:
Having now won seven consecutive away games (in all competitions), Chelsea have a chance to break their club record on Tuesday as they travel to Bernabéu to take on Real Madrid.
The Blues did everything necessary to head to Madrid with as much momentum as possible, and will give fans optimism heading into the clash in 48 hours time.
Looking to bounce back from Saturday’s humiliation, the Saints will return to league action next Saturday as they take on Arsenal at St Mary’s.
Southampton 0-6 Chelsea.
- Alonso (8’).
- Mount (16’, 54’).
- Werner (22’, 49’).
- Havertz (31’).
BBC Sports Player of the Match:
Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Southampton (4-4-2): Forster; Livramento (73’), Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; S. Armstrong, Ward-Prowse ©, Romeu (36’), Elyounoussi; Adams, A. Armstrong (45’).
- Subs: Valery (36’), Diallo (45’), Smallbone (73’).
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Christensen, Silva (63’), Rüdiger; Loftus-Cheek, Kanté ©, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount (69’), Havertz (45’), Werner.
- Subs: Pulisic (45’), James (63’), Ziyech (69’).
Southampton (29%) vs Chelsea (71%).
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