Chelsea fell to a second away defeat in a row as they were beaten 2-1 by Southampton despite taking the lead. Raheem Sterling was once again on the scoresheet as the Blues made a positive start, but the vulnerabilities seen in that heavy defeat against Leeds at Elland Road were once again on show from Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Romeo Lavia produced a wonderful finish from the edge of the box to equalise with his first goal for the club before Adam Armstrong sent the Saints into the break ahead as he fired in from close range in first-half added-time.
There was no real second-half response from Chelsea, with Southampton close to doubling their advantage but they were twice denied by some last-ditch defending from the Blues. Another limp display will strengthen the calls for Chelsea to invest in forward areas before the transfer window shuts on Thursday night.
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GOAL! Armstrong completes turnaround
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GOAL! Sterling puts Chelsea in front
Southampton FC 2 - 1 Chelsea FC
22:31 , Matt Verri
Chelsea fell to a second away defeat in a row as they were beaten 2-1 by Southampton despite taking the lead.
Raheem Sterling was once again on the scoresheet as the Blues made a positive start, but the vulnerabilities seen in that heavy defeat against Leeds at Elland Road were once again on show from Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Romeo Lavia produced a wonderful finish from the edge of the box to equalise before Adam Armstrong sent the Saints into the break ahead as he fired in from close range.
There was no real second-half response from Chelsea, which will strengthen the calls for investment in forward areas before the transfer window shuts on Thursday night.
Chelsea player ratings
21:53 , Matt Verri
Jorginho - 4
Gave away a cheap corner for the first Southampton goal and his press was easily beaten in midfield when Lavia was involved in the build up to the second.
Mason Mount - 6
Perhaps fuelled by his Portsmouth upbringing, Mount put in his brightest performance of the season so far, linking up brilliantly with both his colleagues and becoming a goal threat against Southampton.
Had a shot blocked from five yards, got the assist for Sterling’s goal and could have had more assists had the finishing been better. Like his teammates, he began to fade as the match went on.
21:45 , Matt Verri
FT: Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
A disappointing defeat. Chelsea way below their best level at St Mary's Stadium and beaten by a young Hasenhuttl side. There must be concern now as early season performances are not good. Surely it is not just about fixing it with money? #CFC #SOUCHE
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 30, 2022
FT: Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
21:39 , Matt Verri
Southampton hold on!
Big, big win for the Saints. More misery on the road for Chelsea, back-to-back defeats away from home for them.
Will this lead to a huge flurry of spending between now and the end of the window on Thursday? Time will tell.
21:37 , Matt Verri
90+3 mins: Southampton winning soft free-kicks all over the pitch, doing everything they can to tick away the seconds.
Tuchel does not look impressed on the touchline, it’s fair to say.
21:34 , Matt Verri
90 mins: Five minutes added on - going to feel like a lot more for Southampton.
Still time for Chelsea...
21:33 , Matt Verri
89 mins: Southampton give away a silly free-kick on the wing, great position to whip something in for Chelsea.
Aimed towards Silva, it’s booted away. The Blues have to go all the way back into their own half too, as the Saints do push up. Pulisic then gives away a foul and Southampton will take their sweet time over this.
21:31 , Matt Verri
87 mins: No more playing out from the back from the Saints, lumping it long now.
Chelsea’s attacks pretty much exclusively coming down the left with Mount, Chilwell and Cucurella. Nothing too dangerous yet though.
21:28 , Matt Verri
84 mins: Chelsea starting to look more dangerous as Southampton drop off - hosts have got to try and push up when they can.
They’re struggling to get out at all now. Sterling and Mount combine nicely, before a reverse pass is cut out. Becoming increasingly last-ditch.
21:26 , Matt Verri
82 mins: Southampton harrying Chelsea at every opportunity, roared on by the crowd.
That’s better from Pulisic, fires a low ball across the face of goal. Cleared away though. Sterling then swings a cross in, Broja’s header is comfortably saved.
21:23 , Matt Verri
79 mins: It’s just not happening for Chelsea - not clicking in attack at all.
Switch to a back three with that triple change hasn’t made them look any more solid at the back either. Another poor display on the road so far.
21:20 , Matt Verri
76 mins: Not much structure to the match now, a lot of space out there for both teams.
Pulisic loses it, wins it and then loses it again as Sterling is unable to catch up with the ball down the line.
21:18 , Matt Verri
74 mins: Corner again for Southampton... cleared off the line!
Superb from Thiago Silva, who has somehow flicked it away with the outside of his foot. Sensational defending.
21:15 , Matt Verri
71 mins: Southampton with a couple of players down, play stopped and they’ll be receiving some treatment.
Bella-Kotchap took a blow to the head. Looks like he’ll be fine to continue for now.
21:12 , Matt Verri
68 mins: Brilliant from Broja immediately, twisting into space and drilling a low cross into the box. Cleared away.
Southampton sitting really deep now - long 25 minutes coming up. Chances of Broja scoring back at St Mary’s?
21:10 , Matt Verri
66 mins: Chelsea’s best chance of the half, which isn’t saying much.
Azpilicueta puts a good ball into the box, Havertz slightly on the stretch as he heads over. And that’s his final touch - Pulisic, Chilwell and Broja on for Havertz, Azpilicueta and Jorginho.
21:08 , Matt Verri
64 mins: Yet again Ward-Prowse puts a corner right on top of Mendy, yet again Thiago Silva is there to head it away.
Ziyech then flies forward on the counter, until Ward-Prowse drags him to the ground. Yellow card and he doesn’t even bother to complain.
21:06 , Matt Verri
62 mins: Southampton doing a good job of keeping the ball in the Chelsea half, even if they’re not doing too much with it. A couple of harmless crosses into the box are headed out.
Ward-Prowse then floats in a free-kick from deep, comes to nothing.
21:03 , Matt Verri
59 mins: Shame for Lavia, he’s forced off with injury. Been really impressive, even aside from his first Southampton goal.
Aribo on to replace him for the final 30 minutes or so of this match.
21:02 , Matt Verri
58 mins: Southampton lose the ball and they’re really exposed at the back.
Ziyech finds Havertz who is offside despite having half the pitch to himself. Linesman initially keeps the flag down, as it’s cut back for Ziyech and his shot is blocked.
And then the flag goes up. Poor from Havertz, no excuse for being offside there.
21:00 , Matt Verri
56 mins: Chelsea want a penalty, appeals quickly waved away. Not sure Sterling even believed that.
He went down as Perraud put his hands on Sterling’s shoulder - nowhere near enough contact for him to topple over though.
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20:57 , Matt Verri
Mateo Kovacic was a blatant substitution at half-time with the Croatia international increasingly becoming a star player at Chelsea.
He was always going to be asked to rescue the day if the Blues were struggling and, at 2-1 down, they need him more than ever.
20:57 , Matt Verri
53 mins: MASSIVE CHANCE FOR SOUTHAMPTON!
Ball clipped to the back post, Elyounoussi with a free header but Cucurella makes a brilliant block.
Southampton man quickly back up, shot on the turn but it’s deflected again and Mendy can palm it away.
20:55 , Matt Verri
51 mins: Brief Southampton attack, Ward-Prowse again gets forward. Playing in a much more advanced role tonight.
His cut back into the box takes a big deflection though, straight into Mendy’s path.
Loftus-Cheek is on the Chelea benhc, ice strapped to his knee. Explains why he’s come off.
20:52 , Matt Verri
48 mins: Southampton’s plan very clear - sit deep and counter if the chance comes.
They’ve had no interest in pressing so far since the restart, happy to let the Chelsea defenders have the ball.
Not going to be easy for the Blues to break down this mass of red and white shirts.
20:49 , Matt Verri
Can Chelsea turn this around? Time to find out!
Kovacic on at the break, replacing Loftus-Cheek.
Armstrong puts hosts in front...
20:42 , Matt Verri
The Saints have turned this around! 😱
The hosts go 2-1 up just before half-time courtesy of a great team move finished off by Adam Armstrong ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/C3rObKlwGO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 30, 2022
How Southampton equalised...
20:37 , Matt Verri
That's some way to open your account for a new team! 💥
Roméo Lavia puts Southampton level after Raheem Sterling's opener 😇
A brilliant strike. pic.twitter.com/SKAjrM5cD9
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 30, 2022
HT: Southampton 2-1 Chelsea
20:33 , Matt Verri
And that’s half-time.
Brilliant from Southampton. They fell behind to Sterling’s finish but the Saints have turned it around, with goals from Lavia and Armstrong.
Problems for Tuchel to address in the next 15 minutes.
GOAL! Southampton 2-1 Chelsea | Adam Armstrong 45+1'
20:31 , Matt Verri
SOUTHAMPTON IN FRONT!
Just before half-time the hosts have taken the lead! Perraud pulls the ball back, Armstrong has so much space in the box and he can control it, pick his spot and fire past Mendy.
20:30 , Matt Verri
44 mins: Perraud goes bundling into Ziyech from behind, gives away the foul and then decides to moan about it.
Southampton win it back, have a good chance to break but for once it’s a really poor pass from Ward-Prowse.
20:27 , Matt Verri
41 mins: Chelsea struggling to deal with Adams, don’t think they’ve won a single header against him in the air.
Match right in the balance as we move towards half-time. Home fans will be very happy with what they’ve seen so far.
20:24 , Matt Verri
38 mins: Break in play as Ziyech goes down after a challenge from Armstrong. No foul given, but Chelsea kick it out.
Gives both managers the chance to have a chat with their players - Ziyech will be fine to continue.
20:21 , Matt Verri
36 mins: Sterling gives the ball away and Southampton are on the counter.
Adams plays it wide to Armstrong, he has Ward-Prowse on the overlap but opts to go for goal himself. Straight at Mendy.
20:18 , Matt Verri
33 mins: It comes to nothing, believe it or not.
Comes out to Walker-Peters who must be about 45 yards out. ‘Shoooooooot’ is the demand from the crowd.
He wisely ignores them, not sure he’d have even reached the goal.
20:17 , Matt Verri
31 mins: Really good pace to the game now, Southampton responded well to going behind.
Adams is a real threat, winning everything in the air that comes his way. Guess what? It’s time for another ‘long’ throw from Salisu.
GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Chelsea | Romeo Lavia 28’
20:14 , Matt Verri
SOUTHAMPTON ARE LEVEL!
That didn’t take long. Corner swung into the Chelsea box, cleared out to Lavia on the edge of the box and he bends it into the corner.
Lovely finish. Mendy got a hand on it but can’t keep it out.
20:12 , Matt Verri
26 mins: That might open this game up a bit more.
Early signs are good. Southampton have a couple of shots blocked, before Chelsea quickly break and Havertz goes close.
GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Chelsea | Raheem Sterling 23'
20:09 , Matt Verri
CHELSEA TAKE THE LEAD!
It comes a minute after he should have scored, but took too long to shoot. Doesn’t matter now though!
Mount involved, makes a driving run into the box, squares it to Sterling. Ball bobbles around, Sterling takes his time before eventually putting it into the bottom corner.
20:07 , Matt Verri
22 mins: Lovely one-two and Sterling has all sorts of space on the right.
Low cross into the near post, Mount can’t quite get across Salisu though and it rolls behind. Corner Chelsea.
Mount has two goes at putting the ball into the box, both lacking in much quality. A lot like this game so far.
20:05 , Matt Verri
20 mins: Salisu will go again, not particularly impressive either and Havertz heads away.
Comes back to Salisu who swings a cross in, straight at Mendy. Long-throws and crossing both need work for the centre-back.
20:04 , Matt Verri
18 mins: Azpilicueta tried a long throw earlier which was sorely lacking in the ‘long’ part. Salisu is now going to do his best.
It’s a bit better, Adams flicks it on and it’s then a complete mess in the box. Everybody swinging at thin air.
Eventually it’s cleared and Sterling earns a free-kick for the visitors.
20:02 , Matt Verri
16 mins: Chelsea taking control now, Southampton being pulled apart.
Lovely backheel from Havertz puts Mount into space, he cuts it back into the box where Ziyech is free but he too scuffs his effort.
The terrible pitch is not helping things.
19:59 , Matt Verri
14 mins: Really good chance for Chelsea, the best of the match by a distance.
Jorginho plays the ball through the lines into Mount, he slides a great pass into Sterling’s path and he cuts onto his left foot into the box.
Scuffed effort though, straight at the goalkeeper. Should have done better.
19:56 , Matt Verri
11 mins: Chelsea’s first real attack of the match, as Sterling holds the ball up and sets Ziyech away.
Back to Sterling who clips a decent cross into the box, Bazunu can come off his line to claim comfortably though.
19:55 , Matt Verri
9 mins: Another brilliant ball in, but it’s another great header from Silva. His side really need that.
Southampton with most of the early pressure but no moments of real concern for the Blues yet.
19:54 , Matt Verri
8 mins: Armstrong picks the ball up and is allowed to drive at the Chelsea defence, his low cross into the box is then blocked behind for a Southampton corner.
Ward-Prowse puts it right on top of Mendy, Silva does well to head it out. Another corner coming up.
19:50 , Matt Verri
5 mins: Really poor from Havertz, Walker-Peters just strolls past him out on the right wing.
Gets to the byline, cuts it back towards Elyounoussi but Loftus-Cheek is there to clear the danger for Chelsea.
19:49 , Matt Verri
4 mins: Chelsea sit back and let Adams bring down a long ball forward.
He does just that, before laying it off for Elyounoussi who goes for goal from distance. Comfortable save for Mendy.
Bright opening minutes from the Saints though, better side so far.
19:47 , Matt Verri
2 mins: Confident enough start from Southampton, as Salisu brings a swift halt to any hopes of a Chelsea counter.
He then follows it up by floating a pass straight out of play. Chelsea lining up in a flat back four.
19:45 , Matt Verri
Underway at St Mary’s. The pitch, to put it mildly, looks absolutely dreadful.
Here we go!
19:41 , Matt Verri
Players are in the tunnel, kick-off coming up in a few minutes.
If Southampton can produce the same kind of performance that they put in against Man United, we’re in for great match.
19:36 , Matt Verri
Tuchel worried about squad depth
19:32 , Matt Verri
Thomas Tuchel admits he has had to name a number of young players on the bench sooner than he would have hoped.
Carney Chukwuemeka and Harvey Vale among the substitutes, with the Chelsea boss concerned at the number of players he has out.
“I love the players, I love to work with them, but still - if you see our upcoming schedule and you see our bench today, it’s a bit worrying,” Tuchel said.
“We already have a number of key players not available. A team needs every player available to push to the limit.”
Bella-Kotchap to impress again?
19:22 , Matt Verri
Bella-Kotchap was superb for Southampton against Manchester United on the weekend.
Rashford struggled to have any success against the centre-back, and the Southampton man now has another big test.
Havertz and Sterling will intercharge throughout the match, Bella-Kotchap will probably have a fair amount of time marking nobody.
19:12 , Matt Verri
Tuchel back on the touchline tonight for the visitors.
He was in the stands for Chelsea’s win over Leicester, though he was allowed into the dressing room before the match and at half-time.
That was for his confrontation with Antonio Conte earlier in the season - Tuchel looking far more relaxed at St Mary’s.
Players are in the building
19:06 , Matt Verri
Fan of footballers getting photographed as they step off the coach?
You’re in luck.
James should return soon...
18:59 , Matt Verri
Milestone for Azpilicueta
18:53 , Matt Verri
Azpilicueta starts for Chelsea in the absence of James, while it looks like Mount plays in a deeper role alongside Jorginho. There’s also a rare opportunity from the off for Ziyech.
A couple of changes for Southampton from the side that lost to Man United. Perraud and Diallo come in for Djenepo and Aribo.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 30, 2022
Southampton team news
18:49 , Matt Verri
Southampton XI: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, A Armstrong, Perraud, Elyounoussi, Adams
Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Bednarek, Aribo, Valery, S Armstrong, Djenepo, Walcott, Mara
Chelsea team news
18:46 , Matt Verri
Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Sterling
Subs: Kepa, Chilwell, Ampadu, Chukwuemeka, Gilmour, Kovacic, Pulisic, Vale, Broja
Team news imminent
18:40 , Matt Verri
All the team news from St Mary’s coming up in five minutes.
We know Reece James won’t be involved tonight - everything else to be revealed very shortly!
18:32 , Matt Verri
Chelsea play every few days from now until the World Cup, aside from an international break at the end of next month.
Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup...
It’s all happening!
Last time out...
18:25 , Matt Verri
Raheem Sterling scored his first two Premier League goals for Chelsea as they defied an early red card to Conor Gallagher to beat Leicester 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Gallagher was trusted again to start by Thomas Tuchel but he received two yellow cards inside half an hour as the Blues were reduced to then men for the second match in a row.
But Sterling struck twice after the break and although Harvey Barnes halved the deficit, Chelsea did just about enough to hold on and earn a much-needed three points.
Big period for Havertz
18:15 , Matt Verri
Kai Havertz is facing a make-or-break moment in his Chelsea career, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 23-year-old remains a firm fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge, having scored the winners in the 2021 Champions League and 2022 Club World Cup finals, but his statistics make for pretty uncomfortable reading.
With no goals or assists in four starts this season, the Germany forward already finds himself under pressure.
Chelsea are targeting a move for Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to add firepower to their team, while Armando Broja, who had a successful loan spell at tonight’s opponents last season, is waiting in the wings.
Stage is set!
18:06 , Matt Verri
Tuchel wants full focus
18:00 , Matt Verri
Thomas Tuchel wants ‘no excuses or distractions’ once the transfer window closes for his wantaway Chelsea stars, with several of his squad aiming to leave the club ahead of deadline day on Thursday.
Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are among the players who have had transfer interest across the summer window, largely seeing them left out of Tuchel’s starting line ups.
However, with the window to close on Thursday night, Tuchel admits he is looking forward to having his players focus and give ‘100 percent commitment.’
“At the moment, I accept it’s like this,” Tuchel said. “But from September 1 there are no more excuses and no more distractions.”
In other Chelsea news...
17:53 , Matt Verri
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 30, 2022
17:45 , Matt Verri
Southampton looked threatening against Manchester United and will feel they can cause Chelsea’s backline real problems.
But the Saints are not particularly solid themselves and the Blues are well capable of taking charge of this one. There were signs against Leicester that Raheem Sterling is really starting to settle into his new surroundings and Thomas Tuchel will be keen to see more of that tonight.
Chelsea to win 3-1.
Chelsea team news
17:36 , Matt Verri
Reece James will not be involved tonight, as he misses out with what is believed to be illness.
Harvey Vale and Billy Gilmour are replacements for him and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan, in the squad.
Kalidou Koulibaly returns from suspension, but Conor Gallagher misses out after his red card against Leicester.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Loftus-Cheek, Gilmour, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz, Sterling
Southampton team news
17:32 , Matt Verri
Southampton have no new injury concerns heading into the game, with former Chelsea player Tino Livramento the only absentee.
Che Adams has been in impressive form recently and is expected to start again.
How to watch Southampton vs Chelsea
17:24 , Matt Verri
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 2.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the BT Sport App.
LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates right here, with Nizaar Kinsella providing expert analysis from the ground.
17:15 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Southampton vs Chelsea!
It was a battling win for the Blues last time out, playing more than hour with ten men as they edged past Leicester. Can they pick up another three points tonight?
We’ll have all the build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 7:45pm BST from St Mary’s.