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Chelsea slumped to another home defeat as Southampton defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond scored the goals for the Saints in the first half and second half respectively to inflict a fourth home victory on Chelsea.
Chelsea have lost their last two previous home games to Bournemouth and Everton, and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that his Southampton players were not afraid to come to Stamford Bridge and beat Chelsea after the Blues’s poor run at home.
“Yeah, sure,” the Saints boss said. “When you see that two teams win here then why shouldn’t you also?
“This is more of losing the fear, don’t be afraid. Come here, be brave. I spoke before about how we want to win here.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has blamed his sides inability to break things at home as the reason for the defeat.
“It felt the same as recent home games,” said Lampard after the game.
“Credit to Southampton, they were organised, they got their goals and got the win but we know we can do much better. We need to be better at breaking teams down. It was the same story as a few of the last home games.
“It was flat and Boxing Day can bring that a little but that can’t be an excuse for us on the pitch. Things like shots and crosses get the crowd excited but we didn’t have any clear-cut chances and we need to show more in terms of bravery and quality on the ball.
“We haven’t been clinical in front of goal, that’s something we have to improve on. It’s a busy time for everyone, so tiredness isn’t an excuse, we just have to learn from this and improve quickly.”