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Chelsea 3-1 Southampton: Blues top after late Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner goals sink 10-man Saints

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Timo Werner
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.

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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.

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Player of the match

WernerTimo Werner

with an average of 7.52

Chelsea

  1. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    7.52

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah
    Average rating

    7.09

  3. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
    Average rating

    6.81

  4. Squad number18Player nameBarkley
    Average rating

    6.77

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    6.68

  6. Squad number21Player nameChilwell
    Average rating

    6.65

  7. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    6.65

  8. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    6.64

  9. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    6.64

  10. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
    Average rating

    6.55

  11. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    6.52

  12. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
    Average rating

    6.50

  13. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    6.45

  14. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    6.00

Southampton

  1. Squad number21Player nameLivramento
    Average rating

    6.57

  2. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    6.36

  3. Squad number1Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    6.28

  4. Squad number9Player nameA Armstrong
    Average rating

    6.14

  5. Squad number6Player nameOriol Romeu
    Average rating

    6.12

  6. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    6.11

  7. Squad number27Player nameDiallo
    Average rating

    6.09

  8. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters
    Average rating

    6.08

  9. Squad number23Player nameTella
    Average rating

    6.07

  10. Squad number35Player nameBednarek
    Average rating

    6.05

  11. Squad number32Player nameWalcott
    Average rating

    5.73

  12. Squad number19Player nameDjenepo
    Average rating

    5.56

  13. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
    Average rating

    5.37

  14. Squad number24Player nameElyounoussi
    Average rating

    4.97

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
  • 9A Armstrong
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forElyounoussiat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lyanco
  • 7Long
  • 10Adams
  • 15Perraud
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 19Djenepo
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 27Diallo
  • 44Forster
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
40,109

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 1.

  3. Booking

    Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Djenepo (Southampton).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea).

  7. Post update

    Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Timo Werner (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).

  10. Booking

    Mohammed Salisu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Timo Werner (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 3, Southampton 1. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

  15. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) hits the right post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Mason Mount.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Nathan Redmond.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 2, Southampton 1. Timo Werner (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

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