Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea has again ended the match against Southampton in a draw after a dominating performance in both halves of the match.
Recall the meeting between these two ended in a 3 – 3 stalemate. Unlike the previous match where Timo Werner scored a goal, this encounter remain a disappointing outing for the German following his last game where he scored a goal against Newcastle.
The Senegal international returned to the side after two games out and was a virtual bystander in the opening half as Chelsea dominated possession as done in previous matches.
Chelsea enjoy huge possession of the game in the whole of the 45th minutes of the game but without a goal to show for it, until they got punished.
The Frenchman, Kourt Zouma who was handed his first Premier League start under Thomas Tuchel missed the opportunity to impress. Unfortunately, he failed his first notable test.
It was the 26-year-old who lost track of Minamino and enabled the on-loan Liverpool star to put Southampton ahead just after the half-hour mark.
Mendy was faced with only one Southampton attack, but it resulted in Takumi Minamino dinking the ball into the net having been put through on goal. This is another draw for Tuchel side since taking over last month.
It was a similar story in the second period for Mendy as the Blues rarely let the Saints threaten. He claimed a corner well but that was the only time he was called into action.
The second 45th minutes started with another great possession of the ball but no goal, until Chelsea won a well deserved penalty.
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea’s Mason Mount, the academy graduate was lively in the first half and completed a couple of smart runs forward which fashion shooting opportunities for the Blues. But it wasn’t until the second half that Mount truly influenced the game.
Moved into the false nine role he occupied against Tottenham, Mount’s clever turn in the box shortly after the restart resulted in Danny Ings bringing him down. The 22-year-old opted to take the spot-kick and dispatched his effort coolly.
As Chelsea pushed for a winner, it was Mount who was leading the charge. He was constantly willing to take possession and attempted to fashion chances or take shots on goal.
Mount proved once more that he was never in the side under Frank Lampard because of favoritism. He is undeniably one of the Blues best players.