Champions Chelsea continued their horror start to this season as a prolific Southampton side put three goals past their shambolic defence. Willian grabbed an early opener for the Blues but it was all downhill from there on as Steve Davis equalized in the first half and Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle sealed the deal for Ronald Koeman’s boys in the second. We take a look at some of the major talking points of the match.
1. Outpaced, Outmuscled, Outgunned
Chelsea’s tearful show at the back continued in this game. Branislav Ivanovic, publicly backed by Jose Mourinho in midweek as “the best right back” at the club, produced another dreadful game as he was caught out on multiple occasions by the speedy runs of Sadio Mane, Grazianno Pelle and Dusan Tadic.
John Terry, starting this game for a change, was slow and his partner at the centre of defence, Gary Cahill made a terrible mistake which contributed to the second goal. Southampton weren’t just fast though, they also wrestled the ball off Chelsea’s sloppy midfielders producing many swift breaks which were thwarted only due to luck and a resolute Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal.