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Chelsea’s thrilling 3-3 stalemate with Southampton this afternoon turned out to be quite a mixed bag for Frank Lampard stars

The Blues welcomed Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men to Stamford Bridge a short time ago, for their first outing since the international break

The Londoners had secured victories in just 2 of their last 5 competitions in all competitions before today, a race that included a 3-3 stalemate with relegation contenders West Brom, and a Cup exit from the League in the hands of Tottenham

Their last outing, however, saw Lampard’s outfit take Crystal Palace down from 4 goals to zero

As such, Chelsea no doubt imagined their chances of adding a second straight win to boost confidence against the admittedly brave Saints this afternoon

The hosts took the lead in the clash with a quarter of an hour on the clock, thanks to a moment of magic Timo Werner

The Germany international rushed to the Southampton area thanks to a marvelous dummy, before showing remarkable patience to dance past the visitors’ baseline and return home to the corner farthest

And Werner was back just before the half hour mark On this occasion it was a smart looping pass from Jorginho that got the ex-Leipzig man cleared as Werner continued to smooth the ball over the lead Alex McCarthy, and nod his head in an empty net

First, on the stroke of halftime, after Kai Havertz unnecessarily gave up possession in his own half, Che Adams slipped into Danny Ings, to bypass Kepa for a simple finish

After Kurt Zouma returned a slightly under-slapped pass to the Spaniard, Kepa, under pressure from Che Adams, somehow conspired to miss the ball completely, which ultimately allowed Adams to push a effort in the roof of the host network

A lack of focus from Southampton just two minutes later, however, allowed Chelsea to regain the lead

Werner was once again the key for the Blues, surging down the right flank, before preparing his compatriot Kai Havertz for the simplest finish at 6 meters

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But, just when it looked like Chelsea had all 3 points in the bag, the Saints who never say die have struck once again

On this occasion, a set-piece into the home team’s playing area was only directed to Theo Walcott, whose cross-shooting effort through the goal was acquitted by Jannik Vestergaard

The final minutes went by with Southampton well above but unable to find a winner with both sides forced to settle for a point

Clearly, based on both the score and the stats, Chelsea fans will be scratching their heads again this evening as a new investigation is launched into the club’s struggles at the start of the season

Considering the money Roman Abramovich and co spent this summer, the Londoners’ form, even taking into account the lack of time to gel well, just hasn’t been good enough

One man who can of course keep his head up high in the back of his individual performance this afternoon is Timo Werner

The explosive striker finally gave the faithful of the Blues a glimpse of what he was capable of when he was shooting on all cylinders, with his 2 goals and his assistance just reward for a courageous performance and full of intention

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Where it all turned out for Chelsea once again against Southampton was at the back

However, other than 5 aside, the Blues, as has been a common theme for some time now, simply haven’t defended as a unit

There’s a fundamental problem with Lampard’s current setup, and while the aforementioned Silva’s leadership can help address these shortcomings, he can’t do it alone.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Thiago Silva of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on September 26, 2020 in West Bromwich, England UK sports stadiums remain subject to strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, as government social distancing laws ban fans inside venues, resulting in closed-door matches (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

That’s not to say that the one man who was completely and totally responsible for Southampton’s second should escape the fault… Far from it

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who offered his last chance to redeem himself for Chelsea today, once again failed to stand up when his team needed him most

The Spaniard can simply no longer be counted on to perform at the required level of a Premier League goalkeeper, with veteran Willy Caballero now undoubtedly a more reliable save option than the alleged first choice of Mendy

It almost became difficult to see the clearly devoid of confidence Kepa take the field, with a January transfer elsewhere now a priority for the club and the player

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World News – AU – Chelsea 3-3 Southampton: Werner’s brilliance is not enough


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