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Chelsea See Blues As Southampton Hands Thomas Tuchel’s Side Second Successive Away Loss
- Southampton added fresh misery on sloppy Chelsea as the Saint recorded a 2-1 victory in round five of the English Premier League
- Chelsea had gone ahead through Raheem Sterling, but the hosts responded just before halftime with goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong
- Thomas Tuchel will be seeking to address issues in his side after a lethargic second successive away performance
Chelsea lost their second successive away game this season after a resilient Southampton side beat them 2-1 at the St.Marys Stadium.
Southampton had to do it the hard way by coming from a goal down to record a shock victory over the visitors.
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Raheem Sterling put Chelsea in front in the 23rd minute before Romeo Lavia equalised for the Saints five minutes later. Adam Armstrong scored his first goal in this calendar year just before halftime to ensure Southampton got the maximum points.
It was the first time in over three years that a Thomas Tuchel's side has lost successive games on away soil.
In what started as a comfortable night for Chelsea, the former European champions quickly settled into the game but created no clear-cut chances until Sterling was presented with an opportunity to threaten the Saints' goal.
The former Manchester City striker fluffed his lines but was at hand to rectify his mistakes after a defensive mixup allowed him to score his third goal in two matches.
Hakim Ziyech then delivered a wonderful ball to Kai Havert, who failed to hit the back of the net. Havertz rued that chance as minutes later, James Ward Prowse delivered his trademark corners that was cleared poorly by Cesar Azplicueta.
The ball fell kindly to Lavia on the edge of the box, who quickly shifted and unleashed a ferocious shot that stung Edouard Mendy's outstretched arm as it settled into the back of the net. It was Lavia's first professional goal.
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Southampton then added another before the break, with Armstrong getting the ball with acres of space in front of him in the six-yard area. His effort took a deflection on its way in as Southampton headed into the break with a precious lead.
Chelsea had an even more disjointed second half as Southampton frustrated their efforts to build something meaningful. After the crushing defeat to Leeds barely a fortnight ago, heads will start swinging at Stamford Bridge.
Christina Pulisic disappointed after club refuses to let him leave on loan
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Christian Pulisic's attempts to leave Chelsea this summer have been blocked by the club.
The winger is now set to remain at the club and fight for his place under Thomas Tuchel. Pulisic's role at the club was under scrutiny after the club bought Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
He is yet to begin any games this season, with all of his appearances coming from the bench.