The Blues were looking to close the gap on the top three in the table — with Southampton on a bad run of form with six straight defeats in the Premier League since the win over Liverpool — but their task became more difficult when Takumi Minamino‘s composed finish put the home side ahead against the run of play.
It was a confident start from the visitors who dominated proceedings from the first whistle. The visitor’s injected some much-needed intensity into their play after the break which ensured they remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel.
The wasteful Blues produced just one shot on target in the opening 38 minutes — a feeble 40-yard effort from defender Antonio Rudiger — and they were punished by Minamino’s suckerpunch on the counter which could see Tuchel’s men end the weekend outside the top four.
Manager rating out of 10
7 — Surely the Premier League’s noisiest manager on the sidelines, Chelsea have looked a dominant force under Tuchel’s leadership. Despite that, he cut a frustrated figure for large spells, reflected by his decision to bring on — and then off — winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the second half.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — You can’t really hold him responsible for the opening goal, but he didn’t really impose himself either and was floored by Minamino’s tidy footwork. He was more assured to gather a James Ward-Prowse corner, but was thankful to see Vestergaard’s effort shake the bar.
DF Reece James, 6 — He just seems to take the Blues up a gear when he’s available. It was another excellent start from the young full-back who terrorized his opponents with a series of surging runs, but he blazed a good opportunity over the bar late on.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 — The Chelsea skipper barely