Sterling scores for Chelsea, yet the Saints upset them

Romeo Lavia became the first player born in 2004 to score in the Premier League. He scored with a beautiful effort at St Marys before Adam Armstrong broke his 22-match duck when Southampton stunned Chelsea. Just before the first half ended, Adam Armstrong scored from close range to put the Saints ahead, thanks to some iffy defending by Chelsea. Southampton roared back into the match, Roman Lavia scoring an incredible goal after the corner was just half cleared. 

Southampton looked extremely exposed in defence in the first half, and the visitors should have scored a couple. In the second half, Chelsea came out guns blazing, which meant Chelsea was vulnerable in defence. They could not provide any threat to the Southampton defence, although Chelsea had a spell of dominance in the first half. Chelsea could not get any control over the game on Tuesday night, and Southampton was not allowed to put under as much pressure as they had before Raheem Sterling’s opener. Again, there were times when it appeared like Sterling might have performed better, but he kept getting into the correct spot and scored the game’s first goal against St. Mary’s for his third of the year. He was unable to contribute enough throughout the second half. In the second half, Southampton continued to be the better side and looked like they were going to score more often all game, with Mohamed Salisu having an effort cleared from the line by Thiago Silva.

Chelsea, who had lost their last away game 3-0 to Leeds, was unable to respond, and they suffered their second loss in their previous three games. “Defending softly, softly, softly. No need to reveal where the shots are. Just become more resilient as a team and adopt a new way of thinking, “Tuchel said. Chelsea is having trouble maintaining consistent momentum despite a massive close-season buying binge, which is expected to continue with several more arrivals suggested before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Although it is still too early to rule them out of the title race, Tuchel will be worried by his team’s most recent sloppy performance, with crucial errors at both ends of the field, after openly criticising them following the Leeds defeat.

After serving his one-match suspension against Leicester City, which was suffered following the dreadful performance against Leeds United, Kalidou Koulibaly was reinstated to the starting lineup. The Senegalese international performed better on Tuesday than during his appearance at Elland Road. Overall, Koulibaly appeared more confident, composed on the ball, and performed well one-on-one with Saints attackers.