Jannik Vestergaard headed in a dramatic injury-time equaliser as Southampton pegged again Chelsea to assert a degree in a Premier League thriller at Stamford Bridge.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect heading for defeat however Danish defender Vestergaard was in the correct place to flick residence a Theo Walcott shot from the sting of the world.
Chelsea have been in management at 2-0 up by way of two very good Timo Werner objectives – the primary courtesy of a chic dummy which bamboozled Jan Bednarek earlier than drilling in, and the second as he lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and nodded residence.
When it regarded just like the hosts have been cruising, Southampton hit again as Danny Ings went spherical keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to complete and Che Adams punished dire Chelsea defending to smash residence an equaliser.
The Blues responded simply 121 seconds later with Werner sliding the ball throughout the field for compatriot Kai Havertz to transform a simple end which appeared to be the winner, however Vestergaard’s late effort sealed a draw.
Chelsea’s defensive frailties show expensive
Regardless of a top-four end final season, the issues for Frank Lampard’s aspect have been apparent – weak on the again, they paid a heavy value for his or her frailties in opposition to Southampton.
Chelsea conceded 54 objectives final time period, greater than another group that completed within the high 10, however a heavy spending spree in the summertime invested extra in attacking additions than defensive reinforcements.
The skilled Thiago Silva, introduced in on a free after leaving Paris St-Germain, missed out and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered an harm on worldwide responsibility with Senegal.
It meant the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga was again in objective and his contribution for Southampton’s second objective was removed from spectacular, however he might do nothing about their equaliser.
The house aspect didn’t capitalise on champions Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Everton earlier on Saturday, with them lacking out on the prospect to go second and as an alternative staying sixth.
However whereas they work on resolving their backline issues, they’ll don’t have any issues going ahead with the fireplace energy they possess.
Prolific striker Werner regarded like heading to champions Liverpool however the switch didn’t materialise and he showcased why Chelsea have been fast to pay £54m for the RB Leipzig man.
Werner, who scored 34 objectives final season, was a continuing menace for the Saints backline, his low centre of gravity permitting him to shift left and proper, bringing concerning the first objective.
He had his again to objective a good distance, however his step-over and dart left Bednarek trailing and, regardless of having work to do with three defenders and the goalkeeper in attendance, Werner slipped a cool end into the underside nook.
Werner induced issues for a similar defender for the second objective, holding off the towering Bednarek from Jorginho’s raking go, calmly lofting the ball over the advancing McCarthy and heading in from shut vary.
Chelsea’s harmful trio of attackers mixed for the third as Christian Pulisic discovered Werner’s run into the field and he moved it on for Havertz’s first league objective.
With Hakim Ziyech making his debut off the bench within the ultimate 18 minutes, in addition to the choices of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi obtainable to Lampard, Chelsea is not going to have issues scoring objectives.
It’s on the again the place they continue to be most susceptible.
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- 21ChilwellBooked at 48mins
- 10PulisicSubstituted forJamesat 87′minutes
- 19MountSubstituted forZiyechat 72′minutes
- 11WernerSubstituted forAbrahamat 90′minutes
- 6RomeuBooked at 84minsSubstituted forDialloat 87′minutes
- 11RedmondSubstituted forTellaat 77′minutes
- 10AdamsSubstituted forLengthyat 86′minutes
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Match ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 3.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Southampton 3.
Try missed. Theo Walcott (Southampton) proper footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the left. Assisted by Ibrahima Diallo.
Nook, Southampton. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.
Objective! Chelsea 3, Southampton 3. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece state of affairs.
Try missed. Theo Walcott (Southampton) proper footed shot from the correct aspect of the field misses to the left following a set piece state of affairs.
Foul by Reece James (Chelsea).
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Chelsea. Tammy Abraham replaces Timo Werner.
Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).
Shane Lengthy (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Christian Pulisic.
Substitution, Southampton. Ibrahima Diallo replaces Oriol Romeu.
Substitution, Southampton. Shane Lengthy replaces Che Adams.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
Try saved. Danny Ings (Southampton) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Theo Walcott.