Defending Premier League champions Chelsea suffered yet another defeat as they fell 3-1 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night. Jose Mourinho and his troops were out to fight not only for three points but for pride, salvation and to earn their fan’s trust following what has been a rather disappointing start to the campaign. Standing in their way were another Premier League strugglers in Ronald Koeman’s charges.
The saints looked threatening in the early exchanges but a lack of concentration saw them conceding first. In the 10th minute Willian curled in a superb freekick beating Maarten Stekelenburg at the back post to give his side a 1-0 lead. An enterprising display by the visitors almost paid dividends in the 40th minute when Victor Wanyama’s cross almost beat Asmir Begovic. Two minutes later the shot stopper denied Ryan Bertrand. Ronald Koeman’s team finally found joy in front of goal in the 44th minute when Steven Davis busted the net to level matters following a great team play. 1-1 is how things were at the break.
The blues continued to flirt with danger and were punished early on after the restart. In the 60th minute, Sadio Mane shielded John Terry with ease and sliced the ball beyond the keeper’s reach. The visitors continued to frustrate their opponents with endless attacks and denied them time on the ball. Another great team play in the 72nd minute saw the Saints scoring their third goal. This time scorer turned provider as Mane provided an assist for Graziano Pellè and the latter fired home to make it 3-1.
The helpless Blues were pushed against the wall later in the half and didn’t look like a side that can overturn the scoreline. In the 86th minute, Radamel Falcao struck his free kick against the wall leaving the keeper to punch it for a corner. An attempt that summed up how the night was for the blue army. After five minutes of additional time, the Saints managed to hold on for a comprehensive 3-1 victory.
Koaman’s side bagged its third victory and are now sitting on 12 points. Mourinho has now managed to mastermind just two wins in eight matches this campaign and his side sits at nine points.