Chelsea FC lost 0-2 to Southampton on Boxing Day
It was not that rosy for the blues at the Stamford Bridge on the Boxing Day 26th December, 2019. This come just a week after beating José Muorinho’s side Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0.
The fans are truly disappointed in the team’s pendulum performance this season ever since former player Frank Lampard was given the job as the manager of the club.
Below is the Official match report from the Chelsea FC website:
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s battling side fought to secure a first clean sheet in 14 attempts, while a goal in each half gave them a precious three points in their ongoing fight for Premier League survival.
Michael Obafemi fired the Saints in front after half an hour with a precise finish bent into the top corner before Nathan Redmond doubled their lead with 17 minutes to play.
Frank Lampard’s team were unable to score at home for the second game running, with our form in west London juxtaposing an impressive record on the road. The result leaves us fourth but sees the gap to Tottenham cut back down to three points.
There were three changes from the win at Tottenham as the Blues stuck with the 3-4-3 shape that played its part in our 2-0 victory in north London. Jorginho replaced the suspended Mateo Kovacic in midfield, while Emerson Palmieri came in for Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi took the place of Mason Mount.
Southampton included former Blue Ryan Bertrand in their line-up as well as opting for a new-look attack with Che Adams and teenager Obafemi up front.
Yet this would need to be 3-4-3 played in a very different way to the system and style adopted in N17 four days previously, with the Saints set up similarly to many recent visitors to Stamford Bridge, utilising a deep defence and a hard-working, hassling midfield.
Despite shading the possession statistics in the early period of the contest, there was no way through or around the visitors’ back-line and it took 20 minutes before the first shot on goal. After working the ball patiently down the left, the sight at goal fell to Hudson-Odoi on his left foot but the effort deflected away from danger.
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The familiar feeling of frustration soon engulfed the Bridge again and that soon intensified when the Blues fell behind for the third time in our last four home league games. It was a rare moment of quality in the half that broke the deadlock when Obafemi collected possession midway into the Chelsea half and spun dangerously towards the heart of our defence.
Having neglected the chance to pass to his strike partner Adams, the 19-year-old advanced into the box and curled a brilliant effort into the top corner that left Kepa rooted to the spot. Behind again at home, Lampard would need a response from his players.
There was improvement and an upturn in intensity. Hudson-Odoi found a little space in the box but opted to pass rather than shoot which led to the attack breaking down, while the accuracy of our deliveries from out wide was consistently poor.
The one time a ball into the box caused some problems, when Willian’s inswinging corner was flicked towards the far post by captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Southampton were rescued by an impressively agile save from their goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy.
Lampard was not prepared to wait any longer to make a change, introducing Mason Mount for Kurt Zouma at the break and changing shape to 4-3-3. There was almost an instant impact from the young England midfielder, who jinked into the box from the right and teed up a chance for Tammy Abraham, though the striker lashed his effort into the side-netting.
Down the other end, with the game opening up slightly more now, only a terrific last-ditch touch from Fikayo Tomori denied a tap-in for Adams in the middle following great work from the left by Redmond.