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    Chelsea 1-3 Southampton Match Report: Southampton win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 13 years.



    Southampton heaped more misery on Jose Mourinho and Chelsea with a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. This shock result was their first away win in the Premier League this season.

    The protest about the price of ticket prices has been a big topic recently and fans of all 20 clubs actively voiced their concerns in this weekend’s games.

    Willian opened the scoring for the home side with a swerving free kick in the 10th minute. The Brazilian has been Chelsea’s stand-out performer so far this term and is one of the names Mourinho can rely on. He has a great work ethic as well as being a creative spark for his team.

    But Southampton were level just before the interval as Steven Davis lashed in an equaliser from Graziano Pelle’s chested pass in the 43rd minute.

     Gary Cahill gave the ball away to Dusan Tadic and Chelsea skipper John Terry failed to cut out the pass, which meant that Sadio Mane had to divert the ball into the back of the net, which he did with aplomb.

    Chelsea tried to get back in the game with the introduction of Loic Remy replacing second-half substitute Nemanja Matic but to no avail.

    The Senegalese star Mane ran at the Chelsea backline before slipping in Graziano Pelle who rubbed salt in the wounds of the visitors’ as his precise finish past Asmir Begovic ensured Southampton left Stamford Bridge with all three points. This latest defeat for last season champions have now lost four games in the league and will have to improve or they risk finishing outside the Champions League places.

    Ronald Koeman’s side are starting to put together a decent run of results and occupy ninth position after this deserved victory.

    Chelsea fans clamoured for their talisman John Terry to be recalled to the starting eleven and Mourinho duly obliged.

    Despite the return of their captain, the defence was still performing poorly as Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires were fortunate to not give away penalties with clumsy challenges in their box.

    Radamel Falcao, who was playing in the absence of Diego Costa who was serving the last of his three game ban, had a poor game as he registered only one shot on goal during the match.
    The penalty claim for Chelsea was waved away by referee Robert Madley after the Colombian (Falcao) was brought down by Stekelenburg in the Southampton goal.

    Mourinho in the post-match press conference was furious about the denial of the penalty in which the scores were level.

    He (Mourinho) also claimed that officials were scared to give his team decisions which is open to interpretation.

    It is obvious two key components of their defence as suffering as Ivanovic and Terry have lost their legs. Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity has cost them dearly as players often get comfortable and need freshness to feel challenged again.

    They will regroup but getting into next seasons Champions League will be the greatest challenge of Mourinho’s career.


    While Southampton will be hoping to keep up their good form when they host Leicester after the international break.

    By Dominic Rust

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