Chelsea wound up with the points, 58% of possession and seventeen shots to Southampton’s ten. Nevertheless it was a worrying performance for the West London club; the win was really down to a lack of concentration and quality from the home side.

The visitors showed a marked lack of intent, courage and desire until Giroud and Pedro shocked them to life. Morata, Fabregas, Alonso and even Hazard were especially poor in the first half. Up until Giroud’s goal, Hazard’s main highlight was getting booked for tossing the ball at a Saints player’s face.

Perhaps these were symptoms of the uncertainty (or certainty) around Antonio Conte’s future? Nevertheless a win is a win. Next up for Chelsea, an away game Thursday v Burnley, before playing Southampton again on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-finals. […]

Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) St. Mary’s Stadium/April 14, 2018 This a certainly a prelude to the FA Cup semi-final match between these two teams and it’s also a match that carries significant ramifications in both ends of the table with the Saints fighting for their Premier League survival while the Blues are trying to hold […]