Chelsea spurned the chance to go within a point of 2nd place in the Premier League following a frustrating 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Blues were asked questions by a disciplined Saints defence, yet never provided the answers, failing to get out of second gear as they had to come from a goal down to rescue a point.
Takumi Minamino was gifted acres of space between the Chelsea centre halves and remained composed to put Southampton ahead in the 33rd minute.
The away side came out with better intent in the second half and were rewarded when Mason Mount was hacked down by Danny Ings in the 18-yard box. The victim of that challenge stepped up and slotted the ball home to restore parity in minute 54.
Beyond a good effort from the same source and a tame attempt from a lacklustre Reece James, the Blues never kicked on as both sides played out the draw.
After a performance characterised by a lack of cutting edge and a worrying lapse of concentration at the back, there will be much for Thomas Tuchel to chew on before the trip to face Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Restored to the line-up after Spanish counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga kept consecutive clean sheets. On the one occasion he was really needed, he failed to make himself big for the Saints opener and went to ground too early.
The skipper will be beating himself up over losing the darting run of Takumi Minamino from his flank, but at least busted a gut to try and prevent the goal. Beyond that costly lapse, he went about his business with minimal fuss. Read from source….