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CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON RECAP: Title defence goes from bad to worse for Blues as Saints fly at Stamford

Southampton heaped more misery on Chelsea by coming from behind to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's reigning champions are now languishing in 16th position on the Premier League table with a third defeat in their past five outings despite taking an early lead through Willian.

The Brazilian's 10th-minute free-kick had the home side ahead but that was their only joy of the day as Steven Davis levelled just before half-time with a lovely volley from Graziano Pelle's knock-down on the edge of the area.

Sadio Mane then edged the Saints ahead on the hour-mark when he raced onto a well-weighted pass from Pelle before firing beyond Asmir Begovic, who managed to get a hand to the Senegal forward's effort.

Any hope of a Blues comeback was snuffed out just under 20 minutes from time when Pelle capped a brilliant performance with a powerful angled finish from Mane's lay-off to give Ronald Koeman's side a second straight win which lifted them to ninth on the table.


Chelsea: 1 (Willian 10')
Southampton: 3 (Steven Davis 43', Sadio Mane 60', Graziano Pelle 72')
Stamford Bridge, London - 41,642


- Where to for Mourinho and Chelsea? How does this team rediscover the form that won them the title last season?

- Southampton gunning for the top six or seven. Do they have the quality to do so?


Chelsea will host Aston Villa after the international break as the Saints look for a third-straight win when they host Leicester City.



Chelseaboss Mourinho on his current situation:

"No way I resign. No way. Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me.

"I want the best for my club and the best for my club is for me to stay."

Southampton's Koeman praised his team's display:

"The whole team performance was perfect.

"After 1-0 down we looked comfortable and of course to win against teams like Chelsea you need your best players on that high level."

*Thanks to Opta


Goals - Willian 2
Assists - Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez 2
Clean sheets - Asmir Begovic 1
Yellow cards - Branislav Ivanovic 3
Red cards - Thibaut Courtois, John Terry 1

Goals - Graziano Pelle 5
Assists - Sadio Mane 4
Clean sheets - Maarten Stekelenburg 3
Yellow cards - Jose Fonte, Graziano Pelle 3

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