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RONALD KOEMAN

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has no doubts, that his team was better tonight and deserved to win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea lost 3-1 to Southampton after the strikes from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle.

Koeman told Southampton’s official YouTube channel :

”It’s a fantastic win, even against Chelsea, who are maybe a little bit more struggling than usually and you saw that even at the 1-1,”

“When we scored the 1-1 we were the better team on the pitch and we had the better chances. It was perfect.”
“A very strong start and we scored the 2-1 and the 3-1. After that we had a really strong defensive organisation and fantastic spirit. It was outstanding.”
“We spoke about it at half-time about how not to go back, try to press them and play offensively. We showed that in the second half how we played.”

Asked about the 1st goal scored against Chelsea tonight :

”That give you the belief that we can win the game and we have already had this experience last year, it happened a little bit the same, the first 1-0 down and after that we were the better team on the pitch and we scored 1-1 and we spoke about that in the half time – ,,don’t go back, try to press them, try to play offensive” and the example is the second half as we played”

“We had a difficult start to the game, but we came back and we made it 1-1 with a great goal. The difference was how we came out of the dressing room, pressed Chelsea and had fantastic movement. In my opinion, we totally deserve three points today. Maybe, if they had one penalty we had two penalties, that’s a decision for the referee. ”
“We got what we deserved. And we deserve great credit. ”
“It’s a great moment because we were waiting a long time for an away win and we get this one against Chelsea. That makes it more special,”
“Maybe the way how we got the win last week gave the players that real confidence what you need. If you can show that against teams like Chelsea that’s very positive.”
“Maybe we were a little bit disappointed about the fast 1-0, but after that we played like we had the belief to win the game and we showed that in a fantastic second half.”

 

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Chelsea have lost 3-1 to Southampton after yet another dreadful performance, and one that effectively ends any chance of saving their season to the point where they will retain the title.

The visitors earned themselves a number of set pieces in the first ten minutes, from one of which they should have done better when Fonte was left unmarked but missed the ball completely, it was from one Chelsea were given that led to the opening goal.

A lively run from Eden Hazard drew the foul from which Willian repeated his skill from a dead ball position. The strike from the left hand side of the penalty box looped over all those in the middle and into the net off the post.

Southampton’s bright start subsided somewhat after that, though Davis did have a shot from inside the box that was so bad Beogovic didn’t have to move. Chelsea’s approach play has been much improved from what they have shown so far this season, but there is still a lack of end product going forward and a lack of confidence in defence.

The lull in the Saints’ performance was temporary and they quickly got themselves back in the game. Two penalty appeals, the second of which involved Ivanovic tripping Mane, were inexplicably turned down, while a deep cross from the right almost find itself in Begovic’s goal.

Former Chelsea man Ryan Bertand had a shot on the left hand side of the box blocked by Begovic, but the visitors increasing confidence resulted in them equalising just before the break. A diagonal ball over the top from the right was headed down by Pelle and fired into the goal underneath Begovic from Davis, compensating for his terrible effort earlier on.

Chelsea had one more opportunity before half time, but another free-kick that Willian stood over led to nothing. They very nearly fell behind straight after the break when Mane had two shots blocked after Ivanvovic, having another poor game at right back, was twisted and turned this way and that by Tadic. Chelsea were left aggrieved ten minutes later when Falcao, who did well to reach the ball when he was second best, was felled by the ‘keeper’s arms as he went down to shepherd the ball out. The Colombian was booked for diving, to his and Jose Mourinho’s incredulity.

Chelsea’s bad start to the second half was symbolic of the season to date. The nervousness at the back the lack of quality going forward gave their opponents the initiative and, consequently, the lead. John Terry, whom Jose Mourinho was under pressure to reinstate into the team, was turned and Mane ran in clear on goal- his shot rolling slowly over the line off Begovic’s boot. After about ten minutes of ineffective football, Southampton shocked the home crowd again by scoring again, this time through Pelle on the counter attack.

Chelsea never got back into the game, the third goal resulted in Mourinho taking off Matic who he had brought on at half time, and the Blues’ response was once again insipid and impotent. It is difficult to think of a single positive from this latest defeat, there was none of even the brief fight back we saw against Newcastle United last week. Unless something severe takes place in the next few weeks it is difficult to see where and how Chelsea’s season will improve.

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires (Matic, 45), Fabregas; Willian (Remy, 64), Oscar, Hazard; Falcao.

Unused Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, , Loftus-Cheek, 

Manager: José Mourinho

 

SOUTHAMPTON – Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte (c), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, (Ward-Prowse, 45) Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadic (Rodriguez), 78, Mane (Yoshida, 90), Pelle.

Unused Subs: K. Davis, Long,  Martina, Juanmi.

Manager: Ronald Koeman

 

Referee: Robert Madley    Assistants: M. McDonough, M. Perry  Fourth Official : R. East

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Attendance: 41,642

 

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