Chelsea, Draw’s Southampton In Six-Goal Thriller
Frank Lampard said Chelsea need to eliminate individual errors after they gave up the lead twice to draw 3-3 with Southampton. Jannik Vestergaard headed into a dramatic injury-time tie to claim a point from the Saints, after Danny Ings and Che Adams had led the visitors 2-0 to 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
All of the goals conceded by the Blues included defensive errors, with Kai Havertz unnecessarily losing possession in his own half for the former, a weak back pass from Kurt Zouma and a poor blocking attempt from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga contributing to the latter, and a granted unnecessarily. Free kick and poor clearance attempt allowed by the third.
“We have to not give away those goals,” Lampard told BBC Sport. “We are making individual mistakes in games and that gives other teams opportunities at all times. It is something we need to improve on.
“Go through the team. We are seeing a lot of goals in the Premier League right now and no coach is happy about that. We all want clean sheets. It has to be better. ”
Chelsea were in control thanks to two magnificent goals from Timo Werner: the first courtesy of a sublime mannequin who fooled Jan Bednarek before punching, and the second when he threw the ball over goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and nodded.
When it looked like the hosts were sailing, Southampton hit back as Danny Ings turned goalkeeper Arrizabalaga around to finish and Adams punished Chelsea for defense to score home a draw.
The Blues responded just 121 seconds later with Werner sliding the ball through the area for compatriot Kai Havertz to convert an easy finish that appeared to be the winner, but Vestergaard’s late effort sealed a tie.
“You go 2-0 up and you want to finish the game, since at that time we were playing great football. The first half was as good as we have played this season, ”added Lampard.
“Southampton are a good team and we allow the pressure they want to put on them off the ball to gain traction.
“When they got their first goal just before half-time they put us under pressure and our game management could be better.
“My message at halftime was that it shouldn’t change the game and that the players should be happy with how they played for 40 minutes. But we never reached those levels in the second half. ”
Despite finishing in the top four last season, the problems for Frank Lampard’s team were obvious: weak at the rear, they paid a heavy price for their weaknesses against Southampton.
Chelsea conceded 54 goals last season, more than any other team that finished in the top 10, but a great deal of spending in the summer invested more in attacking additions than defensive reinforcements.
The experienced Thiago Silva, admitted for free after leaving Paris St-Germain, was lost and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered an injury in international service for Senegal.
It meant that the error-prone Kepa returned to goal and his contribution to Southampton’s second goal was far from impressive, but he could do nothing about the draw.
Lampard insisted that he and the team have faith in the goalkeeper, but it will take hard work and mental toughness on the 26-year-old’s part to rediscover his form.
“He has to be mentally strong enough; That’s the job we’re in, “Lampard said.” He has to deal with it, he has the support of me and his teammates.
“You have to keep working, that’s the only way to do it. It’s unfortunate because he made two really good saves today, but obviously with something like the second goal, then the eyes go to that. ”
The home side failed to capitalize on champion Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Everton the previous Saturday, and lost the opportunity to go second and instead finish sixth.
But as long as they work to solve their problems on the bottom line, they will have no trouble moving forward with the firepower they possess.