By dint of patience, Chelsea won at the end of the game against Southampton, London. The Blues are provisional Premier League leaders.
Remaining on two consecutive defeats against Manchester City (1-0) and Juventus (1-0), Chelsea had the opportunity to get back into working order this Saturday. At Stamford Bridge, the Blues received Southampton, at the gates of the red zone in the Premier League. The perfect opponent to revive? Yes, but in pain …
In the first period, Chelsea quickly broke away from their opponent of the day by opening the scoring thanks to a goal from Trevoh Chalobah (9th), author of his second goal of the season. The player loaned to Lorient last season took advantage of a deflection from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s header to finish at the far post at the far post.
After small opportunities to put to the credit of the two teams, the locals thought of doubling the bet twice. But the goals of Romelu Lukaku (36th) and Timo Wener (41st) were finally refused after using the VAR. The first for an offside from the Belgian striker, the second for a fault at the start of the action.
A very lively second period
Unable to double the bet, the team coached by Thomas Tuchel was therefore exposed to a return from the visitors. And it was not lacking. For a foul committed by Ben Chilwell in his area, the referee designated the penalty point and offered James Ward-Prowse the opportunity to come back to score (61st). Stupor at Stamford Bridge!
Subsequently, the same James Ward-Prowse received a red card for a gross foul on the ankle of Jorginho (77th). In the process, Timo Werner and the Blues took advantage of their numerical superiority (84th). Well found by Cezar Azpilicueta, the German, unhappy in the first period, concluded with a right foot and scored his first goal of the season. At the very end of the match, Ben Chilwell, at fault on the equalizer, caught up well and put an end to the last hopes of the Saints (89th). Thanks to this success obtained in the last ten minutes of the meeting, Chelsea temporarily took the lead in the Premier League standings, with 16 points on the clock.