Southampton beat Chelsea to overtake the Blues in the standings

Southampton beat Chelsea to overtake the Blues in the standings

Southampton beat Chelsea to overtake the Blues in the standings

Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong sentenced Chelsea to a 2-1 defeat as Southampton bypassed the blues in the Premier League.

Teenage midfielder Lavia became the first player born in 2004 to score in the Premier League with a fine shot at St Mary’s Stadium, before Armstrong broke a 22-game duck as the Saints stunned Chelsea.

The guests had scored Raheem Sterling’s third goal in two games, only for Southampton to overturn the game on a busy night for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Chelsea could be a transitional team with bigger names and big money arrivals just around the corner courtesy of bullish new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

But the top four Blues on the hunt shouldn’t be in the business of losing a clash like this to a remodeled and young, but certainly gritty Southampton yet.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s rejuvenated Saints overtook Chelsea in seventh place in the standings, with a major win for the South Coast men.

The Blues were left to lick the wounds of two costly defeats on them

Adam Armstrong, right, celebrates his goal against Chelsea

Adam Armstrong, right, celebrates his goal against Chelsea (Steven Paston / PA)

r travels, only five games in the new campaign.

Chelsea can expect to slide further down the embryonic standings after Wednesday’s matches, with Tuchel’s rebuilding work clearly boasting big promises but not yet fulfilling.

A center forward couldn’t be more coveted by a Chelsea side so creatively capable, but all too dependent on Sterling’s finishing skills.

The Blues are now even more hoping to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, ​​while the transfer of center-back Wesley Fofana from Leicester is expected to be announced shortly.

Chelsea settled down faster and started stretching the Saints’ set-up.

Sterling hooked onto a neat passing ball, cleverly changing direction to create space and a subtle opening.

But the former Manchester City star could only dent his effort, giving Gavin Bazunu an easy save.

Sterling turned his back shortly after with another strong Chelsea move, but Mason Mount failed to beat the defense to the edge.

England striker Sterling continued to threaten while running, but the 27-year-old decided to go solo rather than team up with unmarked Kai Havertz.

Sterling finally put the Blues ahead with a smooth finish on the turn after another incisive move from the guests.

But just when Chelsea should have taken advantage of the 1-0 lead, the Saints started opening Tuchel’s side.

Lavia scored from the edge of the box after Cesar Azpilicueta failed to fend off a corner with conviction, with Edouard Mendy only getting the 18-year-old’s shot in the net.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring (Steven Paston / PA)

Chelsea slipped out of the rhythm following the Saints equalizer, with the Londoners’ poise suddenly evident from their absence.

Armstrong went home to lead the Saints 2-1 after Chelsea relinquished possession cheaply in their own half, stunning the bewildered Blues.

The Saints striker’s beautiful first-time recovery finish allowed the hosts to turn not only ahead but also in control.

Jorginho was so irritated by an unpunished challenge received in the closing stages of the first half that he faced referee Michael Oliver after the whistle of half-time.

Azpilicueta had to take the Italian midfielder away, with Chelsea in disarray in the interval.

Mateo Kovacic replaced Ruben Loftus-Cheek at half-time, with Chelsea trying desperately to squeeze the ball.

Southampton still remain the liveliest side, with Mohamed Elyounoussi’s menacing header well blocked by Marc Cucurella.

Tuchel led Chelsea up 3-5-2 and made a triple substitution with 20 minutes remaining, with Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic joining the fray.

Pulisic stepped in as right back, with Broja in the middle alongside Sterling.

Broja quickly showed the merits of a natural striker by overpowering the Saints defense, but another promising Chelsea attack failed.

Thiago Silva’s heel strike from the line denied Southampton a third goal, while the hosts maintained their overall dominance in the second half.

Chelsea recovered with time running out and Broja forced a solid save from Bazunu when he met Sterling’s cross.

The Blues pushed to the death, with Mendy also joining the attack, but to no avail. Southampton were worthy winners of the event, with the Blues clearly intimidated by the defeat.

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