So’ton 0 – 6 Chelsea


Chelsea responded in perfect fashion after back-to-back defeats by thrashing Southampton 6-0 following braces from Mason Mount and Timo Werner.

The Blues had been beaten 4-1 at home by Brentford in their last Premier League outing before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

But any concerns over their form were put to bed with a ruthless display at St Mary’s from the moment Marcos Alonso gave them an eighth-minute lead.

Chelsea were 3-0 up after just 21 minutes and were six in front within an hour as Southampton wilted in the sunshine although at least avoided another 9-0 drubbing.

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Chelsea’s Timo Werner celebrates scoring their side’s third goal of the game at Southampton

Mount set up Alonso with a brilliant flick for the opener before the England midfielder struck a sweet effort from the edge of the area which found the corner.

Werner had already hit a post and the crossbar before he raced away from Jan Bednarek, rounded Fraser Forster and slotted into an empty net from an angle for Chelsea’s third.

Team news:

Southampton: The two Armstrongs, Adam and Stuart, were the only changes Ralph Hasenhuttl made to his team following their 1-1 draw at Leeds last time out.

On-loan forward Armando Broja was not in the squad as he was unable to face his parent club. Ibrahima Diallo started on the bench.

Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel made four changes to his Chelsea side that were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Reece James, Jorginho and Christian Pulisic all dropped to the bench while Cesar Azpilicueta was not in the squad.

In came Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso.

The striker, back in the starting line-up, then hit the woodwork for a third time in the first half after capitalising on more poor Southampton defending, and the rebound fell to Kai Havertz to tap in.

Forster still had to make saves from Havertz and Rudiger before half-time while Mount went close with a deflected effort. However, Chelsea picked up from where they left off at the start of the second half when Werner converted into an empty net after Forster had saved from Ngolo Kante.

Player ratings:

Southampton: Forster (5), Walker-Peters (5), Romeu (4), Ward-Prowse (4), A. Armstrong (5), Adams (5), S. Armstrong (5), Livramento (4), Salisu (4), Elyounoussi (4), Bednarek (4).

Subs: Caballero, Stephens, Redmond, Perraud, Smallbone (5), Tella, Diallo (5), Walcott, Valery (5).

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Rudiger (7), Alonso (8), Christensen (7), Silva (7), Kante (8), Kovacic (8), Werner (9), Loftus-Cheek (8), Mount (9), Havertz (8).

Subs: Pulisic (6), Ziyech (6), James (6).

Man of the match: Mason Mount

Southampton did go close through Che Adams, who was denied at close range by Edouard Mendy.

Werner was denied a hat-trick by another Forster save but yet again the rebound fell kindly for Mount to tap in for a simple sixth to set Chelsea well and truly back on track.

More to follow…

Chelsea’s fixture schedule:

April 12 – Real Madrid (a) Champions League QF second leg

April 17 – Crystal Palace (Wembley) FA Cup semi-final

April 20 – Arsenal (h) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

April 24 – West Ham (h) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

April 26/27 – Man City/Atletico Madrid Champions League SF first leg *

May 1 – Everton (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 3/4 – Man City/Atletico Madrid Champions League SF second leg *

May 7 – Wolves (h) Premier League

May 11 – Leeds (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 14 – FA Cup final *

May 15 – Man United (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 19 – Leicester (h) Premier League

May 22 – Watford (h) Premier League

May 28 – Champions League final *

* Subject to progress

What’s next for Southampton?

Southampton host Arsenal next Saturday at St Mary’s at 3pm before visiting Burnley on Thursday April 21 at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports.





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