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Chelsea were bossing possession and dominating play against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and it all seemed like it would be an easy Chelsea victory.
However, for all of Chelsea’s possession, Southampton utilised one moment to score in the first half and send shockwave to the Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
Mason Mount would eventually score in the second half to end the game 1-1, but it was definitely a disappointing point to take as the race for top four climaxes.
It may have seemed that Kurt Zouma was at fault for the goal, having lost a moment of concentration, but former Chelsea star Joe Cole believes that it was a collective defensive lapse starting with half mistakes from the Chelsea midfield.
Cole told BT Sport: “Chelsea were in complete control and it was the first time Southampton have even got at Chelsea.
“They started to get a bit of possession but Chelsea were so dominant. That one moment.
“If ever there was a welcome to the Premier League for Thomas Tuchel that’s it because he would have been sitting there thinking about what red wine he’s gonna have for dinner because this is going to be three points.
“And the quality of Southampton, Redmond and Minamino… opened up Chelsea once and you’re 1-0 down.”
Cole went on: “It’s the first time under Tuchel that this space in the midfield was Southampton-dominant, Chelsea weren’t on it.
“And the reason for that is a lot of half mistakes here. Alonso does well, he gets on Redmond and he keeps on going backwards. Kovacic, defensive instincts, should have got back in next to N’Golo Kante but he doesn’t do that for whatever reason. It’s the first time he didn’t all game, to be fair.
“It was a lovely one-two from Redmond and as the ball gets played in, now you’re talking about margins in football.
“Azpilicueta has a look to see where Danny Ings is so it’s good play. He’s trying to switch on, he’s trying to marshal his defence.
“I feel for Kurt, when you’re in the middle of a back-three you can sometimes switch of because there’s nobody to mark but switches off is exactly what he does.
“Minamino recognises there’s just an inch of space and he runs into it and then it’s all about the quality of pass.”