Chelsea overcame stubborn resistance to produce one of the expected football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. James Ward-Prowse was sent off and it was the turning point of the game. Trevor Chalobah gave the hosts the early lead in the first 10 minutes before Tino Livramneto was brought down in the box by Ben Chilwell. Ward-Prowse converted the penalty but was sent off minutes later. Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell scored late on to give the Blues a vital three points after a difficult week.
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Rudiger (7), Silva (6), Azpilicueta (7), Chilwell (8), Hudson-Odoi (6), Chalobah (7), Kovacic (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Werner (8), Lukaku (6).
Subs: Jorginho (6), Barkley (7), Mount (6).
Southampton: McCarthy (8), Walker-Peters (7), Livramento (7), Salisu (7), Bednarek (6), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (6), Tella (6), Walcott (5), Redmond (6), A. Armstrong (6).
Subs: Djenepo (5), Elyounoussi (n/a), Diallo (6).
Man of the match: Timo Werner.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on bringing on Ross Barkley: “Ross had a very good situation in Juventus when he delivered the pass to Romelu in our best chance of the game when we could’ve equalized. Most importantly, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Ross at the moment feel no pressure but they feel the support.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “The plan was to be a tough opponent against a Champions League winner. We played a brave game, especially in the second half. In the first half, we’d been very open and risky. But we were more solid and came back well. But the red card killed everything as the rest was working in our favor.”
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