Chelsea could gain only one point from their match against Southampton after a 1-1 draw. The Blues seemed to have found some sort of a rhythm after Thomas Tuchel took over the role of the head coach. Under Frank Lampard the team was struggling to score goals and win against the big six however, the problem may not be so easy to solve as Tuchel could see after yesterday’s match. The Blues left the game dominating position yet failing to grab all three points and it must be as disappointing for the players as it is for the fans. Here are three talking points from the match:
1) World class forwards still unable to finish
One of the biggest problems that the London side is facing right now is their world-class forwards. The Blues spent a lot of money to make a deadly attacking side but they are unable to perform. Only Timo Werner started in the match against the Saints and he once again looked to be without his shooting boots. Hakim Ziyech made a cameo near the end of the match but was unable to make any significant impact. Chelsea had over 70 percent of the possession but were unable to make use of it. They managed to get only five shots on target and the only goal they scored was from a spot-kick. Southampton on the other hand had only one shot on target and they managed to score from that one shot. Tuchel needs to find a way to make these forwards find more goals as the longer they perform like this, the more demoralized they will get.
2) Mason Mount to the rescue once again
One of the only bright players in Chelsea this season has been Mason Mount. The youth academy graduate and one of Lampard’s favorite was not played in the first match under Tuchel. However, it has become evident that the player is still one of Blues’ best and he once again saved his side from embarrassment by slotting in a goal from the penalty spot after earning the penalty. The young player looked bright on the field and was full of energy. He was always looking for a good pass and was not afraid of taking shots from a distance. All in all the player looked a class apart and will likely feature in the match against Atletico Madrid next week.
Chelsea slips up against Southampton and risks losing their top-four spot.
3) Fantastic Minamino embarrasses the Chelsea defense
Southampton had only 29 percent of possession all match yet they were the ones who managed to score from an open play. A fantastic pass from Nathan Redmond cut open the Chelsea defense and then it was up to Takumi Minamino to put the ball at the back of the net. The Liverpool player who is on loan with the Saints kept his composure and put Eduardo Mendy on the floor before neatly finishing the ball at the back of the net. He was fantastic throughout the game but his goal helped his side gain the lead and it was quite unfortunate that they could not keep the lead.
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