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Premier League: Chelsea Suffer Shock Home Defeat To Southampton

 Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard and Southampton’s Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg through the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2019. AFP

 

Frank Lampard stated Chelsea had to enhance their residence kind in the event that they have been to stay within the high 4 following a 2-0 loss to Southampton on Thursday.

After a formidable 2-0 win away to Tottenham, Chelsea and their followers most likely anticipated a win towards a Southampton facet battling to keep away from relegation.

But Chelsea hardly ever threatened earlier than or after Michael Obafemi put the Saints forward within the thirty first minute with the second Premier League aim of his profession.

And when Nathan Redmond doubled that lead within the 73rd minute, the competition was successfully over.

The outcome meant Chelsea had suffered back-to-back residence league defeats for the primary time since 2011, with Bournemouth’s fellow south coast facet Southampton having received the earlier match at Stamford Bridge.

“You need a form of consistency to come in the top four in the Premier League,” stated Chelsea supervisor Lampard, whose facet are nonetheless fourth within the desk.

“Everyone is striving for it. We are in it at Christmas and people probably would have doubted that so from that perspective we can probably be happy.

“But to stay there and move onwards and upwards we have to win more than we have recently at home.”

Youthful groups usually wrestle for consistency, however Chelsea’s issues are particularly acute at their west London residence, the place they’ve received solely 4 league video games to this point this season.

“We have to work and we have to do more in an attacking sense,” stated Lampard.

“You can’t have 70 percent of possession and control as we did in the first half and not do more, not hit better crosses, make better final passes, get more clear chances at goal.”

 ‘Test of character’ 

And Chelsea are feeling the strain, with their supervisor admitting: “When you are on the run we are on, there is more pressure because everyone talks about it and we feel it.

“We want to perform well in front of our own fans and give them something to be happy about.”

The former Chelsea and England midfielder added: “People come here and respect us as Chelsea in the way they are setting up but we are not playing like the Chelsea that can break that down.

“I learn about the players particularly in games like that…Games like today’s are a test of character as much as ability.”

Meanwhile Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl stated that West Ham and Bournemouth’s victories at Stamford Bridge had led his facet to assume “‘why can’t we do it too?’”

Southampton’s opener got here after Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi misplaced possession, the transfer ending when Obafemi curled a left-foot shot round Kepa Arrizabalaga from 20 yards.

The Saints, retaining possession nicely, might now afford to take a seat again and pounce on Chelsea errors, with a Blues mistake contributing to their second aim.

N’Golo Kante, in making an attempt to dispossess Stuart Armstrong after a 30-pass transfer, succeeded solely in taking part in the ball into the trail of Redmond, who lifted the ball over Arrizabalaga and into the web.

“Sure you have to have a tactical plan but you need passion or it doesn’t work,” Hasenhuttl stated.

“I’m proud of the moments when we win the ball, but we showed we can pass the ball as well.

“We have had some good performances on the road but this was the best.”

AFP

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