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FIVE Things We Learned from Chelsea Vs. Southampton

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Chelsea suffered a shock defeat at St. Mary’s stadium on Tuesday night as the London side continue to struggle in their start to this season. While it is still very early in the season, here are the main takeaways from Chelsea vs. Southampton.

Raheem Sterling is worth every penny

Chelsea reportedly spent around £47.5 million to bring Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge. There were many questions surrounding the transfer from Chelsea’s point of view: “was he worth the money?” “would his goal record translate to the team?” “is he past his best?” Safe to say after a shaky start to the campaign, Sterling has come to life, with 3 goals in his last 2 games.

The 27-year old has been the sole bright spark in a flat Chelsea attack alongside Mason Mount, and Kai Havetz. Sterling has been the only one to force the issue, making runs and creating chances for his teammates. If Chelsea are to make any significant improvement on last season, a lot of it will revolve around their big name signing.

Chelsea desperately need a midfielder

With Ngolo Kante out, and Mateo Kovacic struggling for fitness, Chelsea only fit first team midfielder has been Jorginho. The former UEFA Men’s Player of the Year has struggled to replicate the form that led to him winning the award last year. It feels like Jorginho has regressed, making the same mistakes defensively and leaving his defence exposed.

Loftus Cheek has found favour with Tuchel once again, but his injury tonight after a decent run of performances reduces the midfield options once again.

Carney Chukwuemeka (18), Billy Gilmour (21) and Conor Gallagher (22) are the other options on the bench, but it seems like Tuchel does not have enough faith in them. After Chelsea vs. Southampton, the message is even clearer: Chelsea need a midfielder.

Thomas Tuchel needs to change something tactically

Thomas Tuchel has never been a coach to be married to one style or philosophy in his career, but since he arrived at Chelsea, he has stuck with the back three. The same system that saw him bring success to the London club, may be standing in the way of his future. He has tinkered with moving to a back four recently, but the results have been mixed. With the team also conceding easy chances and goals, Tuchel might have to return to the drawing board once again.

Kai Havertz is not the man to lead the attack

Kai Havertz has had a strange career at Chelsea so far, on one hand he has been a key contributor in the last few cup finals for the clubs, but aside that, he is yet to show the form that led the Blues to splash over £70 million on him. This forward has not been off to a great start this campaign, he is still yet to register a goal contribution, and Chelsea vs. Southampton served as yet another example.

The cameos of Armando Broja from the bench have also raised shouts that Tuchel should bench the German for a more aggressive focal point in the attack. Unless Havertz turns it around, his time at Stamford Bridge is ticking.

The last chance saloon should be closed for good

Romelu Lukaku has been sent back on loan to Inter Milan, Ross Barkley has left the club, Timo Werner has been sold and Emerson joined West Ham this past week. All these players failed to make an impact under Thomas Tuchel, and they have been moved as a result but a few players remain. Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic made it clear to the club this summer that they were unhappy and wanted to leave, so the question is why did Tuchel start Ziyech and later on brought Pulisic as a substitute?

These same players voiced their unhappiness but he keeps giving them chances over prospects like Broja and Gilmour. If Tuchel wants to move on from this, he needs to stop giving these guys second chances.

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