Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Werner scores twice for Chelsea but Southampton fightback for draw

Werner scores twice for Chelsea but Southampton fightback for draw

Southampton's second goal came thanks to a disgusting mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Kepa Arrizabalaga, throwing the spotlight once more on Chelsea's defence and in particular their goalkeeper; but Lampard insisted that the ex-Athletic man retained the confidence of his manager and team-mates. Lampard will be encouraged to see Werner score for the first time in the league in his fifth appearance in the competition since his £45 million move from Leipzig.

Hakim Ziyech came on for his league debut in the closing stages but Chelsea's performance levels and workrate dipped and the Saints equalised in the 92nd minute from Jannik Vestegaard's glancing header.

Timo Werner grabbed a first half double while Kai Havertz scored in the second half as Chelsea's new recruits opened their Premier League accounts but the Saints capitalised on defensive mistakes and stole a point with a late stoppage-time equaliser.

But, as ever with Chelsea, the miscues from Zouma and Kepa underlined problems that remain unsolved at the back and could prove fatal to their chances of mounting a title challenge. Zouma may find himself axed as well once Thiago Silva is ready to return.

Chelsea were two clear after 28 minutes as Werner raced onto Jorginho's pass, held off Bednarek and flicked the ball coolly over McCarthy before heading in.

Werner had given Chelsea a 15th-minute lead when he burst from the left channel, selling a dummy to Jan Bednarek before taking a circuitous route around a gaggle of defenders and firing low beyond Alex McCarthy.

"We got it to 3-2 and then we have to take the result and get the win at home but we didn't do it".

Southampton have a striker with the clinical instincts to match Werner and Ings gave them a lifeline in the 43rd minute. They put pressure on us off the ball.

Southampton kept up the attacking pressure in the second half.

But in the second minute of stoppage-time, Zouma's weak headed clearance was sacked back into the area by Theo Walcott and Vestergaard stooped to head home.

The Blues' summer-signing picked up a thigh injury while away on worldwide duty with Senegal, which leaves Lampard with either Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero in goal.

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