Chelsea – Southampton: Resilient Southampton hold off ineffective Chelsea (0-0)
Southampton put in a commendable defensive display to secure an important draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea tried everything in their toolbox to unlock their opponents, but were left with disappointment and another two points dropped.
Tactical analysis by Martyn Davis.
Chelsea went into this match off the back of two victories, away to Watford and Crystal Palace. They had, however, suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester in their last home game and their title challenge has somewhat collapsed over recent months. Maurizio Sarri made only one change from the weekend clash with Crystal Palace, introducing Álvaro Morata for Olivier Giroud.
Southampton had seen their bright start to life under Ralph Hasenhüttl brought to a halt by defeats at home to West Ham and Manchester City. The atmosphere around the club remained positive however, as the side adjusted to the new style of play demanded by their coach.
Hasenhüttl made a total of eight changes from their defeat to Manchester City. Angus Gunn came in for Alex McCarthy in goal while Jannik Vestergaard, Maya Yoshida, Yan Valery, Cédric Soares, Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings all came in to the lineup.
Southampton nullify Chelsea possession game
Nowadays it is not a question of what Sarri wants his side to do, but rather how the opponent will try to stop it. Teams have had mixed success trying to defend against Chelsea so far this season, but Southampton were certainly well placed . . .