Chelsea 0-1 Southampton: Match report, player ratings, expert analysis, fan reaction and more

James Ward-Prowse once again produced his dead-ball credentials with another free-kick special from the top drawer to give Saints a vital three points away from the south coast, condemning Chelsea to further scrutiny in the 2022-23 season

The inquest in west London is sure to reach another gear this evening after Chelsea once again produced a performance well wide of the mark in front of expectant home support at Stamford Bridge in a massively disappointing 1-0 loss against relegation-threatened Southampton.

Despite the gargantuan £600m-plus that the Blues have shelled out across the 2022-23 Premier League season between two transfer windows, Graham Potter will no doubt be under heavy fire in the wake of what was a horrendous performance that may have many now fully in the corner of moving on from the former Brighton manager even before the season has come to an end.

It is a dire set of circumstances for the Premier League giants, who have now managed just one win in ten and two in their last fourteen when recent results are expanded, while goals continue to come at a premium.

Chelsea certainly had their chances, especially in the second half, but heroic goal-line defending from a still managerless Saints afforded the south coast club a gargantuan result, with Southampton doing the double over Chelsea for the first time since 1988 while their six points taken off the capital side constitutes 33% of their total in the league this season. But with two big chances that went begging, it was a performance and subsequent result that so-readily has summed up their season.

A fantastic free-kick strike from James Ward-Prowse was the lone difference maker on the day, with a cadre of Blues attacking outlets coming up short, including youngster Mykhailo Mudryk, who has yet to justify the fee the club paid to beat Arsenal to the Ukrainain’s signature.

A key London derby clash with Tottenham now awaits the Blues, who end the day sitting tenth in the table, with another frustrating result next weekend outlining what may only be categorized as a catastrophic season under new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital Group.

Chelsea Player Ratings

  • GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga - 6
  • RB: César Azpilicueta - 6.5
  • CB: Kalidou Koulibaly - 6.5
  • CB: Benoît Badiashile - 7
  • LB: Ben Chilwell - 6
  • CM: Mateo Kovačić - 6.5
  • CM: Enzo Fernández - 7
  • CAM: João Félix - 5.5
  • RW: Noni Madueke - 7
  • LW: Mason Mount - 6
  • CF: David Datro Fofana - 6.5
  • Sub: Raheem Sterling - 6.5
  • Sub: Wesley Fofana - 6.5
  • Sub: Kai Havertz - 6.5
  • Sub: Mykhailo Mudryk - 5.5
  • Sub: Trevoh Chalobah - 6

Southampton Player Ratings

  • GK: Gavin Bazunu - 6.5
  • RB: Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 7.5
  • CB: Jan Bednarek - 7
  • CB: Armel Bella-Kotchap - 6.5
  • LB: Romain Perraud - 7.5
  • RM: Stuart Armstrong - 6.5
  • CM: James Ward-Prowse - 8
  • CM: Romeo Lavia - 6.5
  • LM: Mohamed Elyounoussi - 6.5
  • RF: Kamaldeen Sulemana - 6.5
  • LF: Paul Onuachu - 7
  • Sub: Adam Armstrong - 6
  • Sub: Sékou Mara - 6
  • Sub: Theo Walcott - 6.5

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Andrew Thompson

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