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Chelsea sink 10-man Saints to go top

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Timo Werner put Chelsea back in front with six minutes remaining

Chelsea scored two late goals as Thomas Tuchel’s side bounced back from consecutive defeats to beat winless Southampton and move top of the Premier League.

Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell struck in the final six minutes after Saints had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of captain James Ward-Prowse for a poor challenge on Jorginho.

Academy product Trevoh Chalobah put the hosts ahead after nine minutes, swooping at the back post to head in his second of the season after Ruben Loftus-Cheek flicked on Chilwell’s corner.

A dominant Chelsea had the ball in the net on two further occasions in the first half, however Romelu Lukaku was flagged offside and Werner’s header was ruled out following a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up.

The hosts were punished for not extending their advantage when former Chelsea player Tino Livramento was tripped by Chilwell in the box and Ward-Prowse fired in the resulting penalty.

However, the visitors could not hold out for a point following the loss of their skipper, whose yellow card was upgraded to a straight red after referee Martin Atkinson viewed the pitchside monitor.

And having lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek after their unbeaten league start was ended by Manchester City, Werner and Chilwell’s late strikes ensured Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge.

Werner impresses as Chelsea bounce back

Chelsea have not lost back-to-back Premier League matches since Tuchel’s January appointment, a record which speaks volumes of the Blues’ consistency under the former Paris St-Germain boss.

But having struggled for creativity in the final third in their previous two outings, the energetic Werner was named among five changes on Saturday as Chilwell and Loftus-Cheek made their first league starts of the season.

The German forward eventually got the goal his tireless efforts deserved, meeting Azpilicueta’s low cross in the closing stages for his first goal of the campaign before Chilwell ensured victory in the 89th minute with a fine strike.

The hosts had made a dominant start and Werner was denied by both Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and a superb sliding block from Oriol Romeu before seeing his header overruled by the video assistant referee.

That decision, reached after referee Atkinson reviewed Azpilicueta’s foul, led to a booking for a frustrated Tuchel in the aftermath – and that sense of injustice was compounded when Saints levelled.

However, Ward-Prowse’s red card proved pivotal as, after McCarthy produced an excellent save to deny Werner, Chelsea were able to exploit the extra space afforded to them to end Saints’ resistance.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, meanwhile, go into the October international break without a win after seven Premier League games, nine including the end of last season, which equals their worst winless run under the Austrian.

Player of the match

WernerTimo Werner

Chelsea

  1. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  3. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  4. Squad number18Player nameBarkley

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  6. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  7. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  8. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  9. Squad number19Player nameMount

  10. Squad number9Player nameLukaku

  11. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  12. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  13. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  14. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago SilvaBooked at 55mins
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 12Loftus-CheekSubstituted forBarkleyat 83′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forJorginhoat 73′minutes
  • 21Chilwell
  • 11Werner
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 3Alonso
  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 19Mount
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCarthy
  • 21Livramento
  • 35Bednarek
  • 22SalisuBooked at 90mins
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 32WalcottSubstituted forDialloat 45′minutes
  • 8Ward-ProwseBooked at 77mins
  • 6RomeuBooked at 34mins
  • 23TellaSubstituted forDjenepoat 73′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Armstrong
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forElyounoussiat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Silveira Neves Vojnovic
  • 7Long
  • 10Adams
  • 15Perraud
  • 17Armstrong
  • 19Djenepo
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 27Diallo
  • 44Forster

Referee:
Martin Atkinson

Attendance:
40,109

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