Chelsea needed late strikes from Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to secure a 3-1 win over 10-man Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Trevoh Chalobah put Chelsea ahead early on. While James Ward-Prowse converted from the penalty spot in the second half before getting sent off for a reckless tackle. Chelsea made the most of the man advantage and Werner and Chilwell scored in the last 10 minutes.
We had to be careful that we don’t start being too sad and too worried,
It was necessary that we have better performances than the last two, that we shape up our belief and we sharpen our mindset.
Chalobah broke the deadlock after nine minutes when he reacted to Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s flick-on from a corner. The hosts thought they doubled their lead on two occasions but both strikes were disallowed.
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Romelu Lukaku scored after 36 minutes but his strike was ruled out for offside. Then, a Timo Werner strike was also ruled offside the German now has had 16 goals ruled out since joining the PL.
Southampton performed better following the break and was awarded a penalty after Chilwell brought down Tino Livramento. Ward-Prowse equalized from the spot on the hour mark but was sent off after 75 minutes.
With six minutes to go, Chelsea went ahead again after Werner tapped home into an empty net following Azpilicueta’s cross. It was Werner’s first Premier League goal of the season.
Chilwell grabbed a third with a minute remaining to seal the win for Chelsea. They go to the top of the table while Manchester United failed to grab their opportunity earlier in the day.