Rampant Chelsea hit Southampton for six


Marcos Alonso scores for Chelsea against Southampton
Marcos Alonso’s goal ensured Chelsea became the third Premier League club to score 100 goals in all competitions this season, after Liverpool (119) and Man City (114)

Chelsea put a terrible week behind them to return to winning ways in devastating style with a six-goal demolition of Southampton.

Having been beaten 4-1 at home to Brentford in the Premier League and then suffering a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, Chelsea bounced back in a manner which will give Thomas Tuchel encouragement his side can salvage their Champions League tie in Spain next week .

Tuchel said before kick-off that “things are upside down” after two damaging results but his players responded by hitting the woodwork three times and scoring four in an astonishing first half at St Mary’s Stadium.

Timo Werner hit the post and then headed against the bar inside the opening seven minutes before Marcos Alonso fired the visitors ahead after Mason Mount’s assist.

England midfielder Mount’s clean finish from outside the box doubled the lead and then Werner was thwarted by Fraser Forster’s fine save as Southampton unraveled in front of their own fans.

Werner was soon celebrating his first Premier League goal for six months after bursting through and finishing before Kai Havertz made it 4-0 with a tap-in after Germany team-mate Werner hit the woodwork for a third time.

Southampton were blown away and it required a fine one-handed stop by Forster to prevent an own goal by Mohammed Salisu before half-time.

However, the Saints did concede a fifth in the 49th minute, Werner tapping home his second after N’Golo Kante had been thwarted.

Mount made it six from close range on an embarrassing afternoon for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his Southampton players.

Chelsea restore confidence before Madrid trip

This was Chelsea back to their clinical best as they took the Saints apart in destructive fashion.

Yet Tuchel will be just as pleased with the clean sheet after Chelsea conceded seven times in the previous two games to leave confidence on the floor.

Despite the absence of £97.5m forward Romelu Lukaku because of injury and captain Cesar Azpilicueta after a positive coronavirus test, they got back on track before another big week that will help shape their season.

They face a huge challenge to turn around their Champions League quarter-final with Real in the Bernabeu on Tuesday before heading to Wembley to face Crystal Palace in next Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final – their most realistic hope of a trophy as it stands.

Werner could yet play a big part in how Chelsea’s season finishes.

Without a Premier League goal since scoring against Southampton last October, he was back to his very best against Saints and should have finished with a hat-trick.

The first of his two goals was magnificent with the former RB Leipzig player having too much pace for the chasing Jan Bednarek before going round Forster and finishing.

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Southampton

  1. squad numbertwentyplayer nameSmallbone
  2. squad number27player nameDiallo
  3. squad number43player nameValery

Chelsea

  1. squad number16player nameMendy

  2. squad number4player nameChristensen

  3. squad number6player nameThiago Silva

  4. squad numbertwoplayer nameRudiger

  5. squad number12player nameLoftus-Cheek

  6. squad number7player nameKante

  7. squad number8player nameKovacic

  8. squad number3player nameAlonso

  9. squad number19player nameMount

  10. squad number29player nameHavertz

  11. squad numberelevenplayer namewerner

  1. squad number10player namePulisic

  2. squad number22player nameZiyech

  3. squad number24player nameJames

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • twenty-oneLivramentoSubstituted forSmallboneat 73′minutes
  • 35BednarekBooked at 60mins
  • 22salisu
  • twoWalker-Peters
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 6RomeoSubstituted forValeryat 36′minutes
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 10adams
  • 9To ArmstrongSubstituted forDialloat Four. Five’minutes

substitutes

  • 5stephens
  • elevenRedmond
  • 13Gentleman
  • fifteenperraud
  • twentySmallbone
  • 23Tella
  • 27Diallo
  • 32Walcott
  • 43Valery

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 4Christensen
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forJamesat 63′minutes
  • twoRudiger
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 7Kante
  • 8Kovacic
  • 3Alonso
  • 19MountSubstituted forZiyechat 69′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forPulisicat Four. Five’minutes
  • elevenwerner

substitutes

  • oneArrizabalaga
  • 5Jorginho
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saul
  • 18Barkley
  • 22Ziyech
  • 24James
  • 31Sarr

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