Chelsea player ratings vs Southampton: Mount carries his team-mates

Chelsea dominated the first half but struggled to create anything clear cut, Marcos Alonso’s volley sent wide of the far post their only real chance. Southampton had hardly set foot in the visiting half until Nathan Redmond was allowed to exchange passes with former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu before feeding Takumi Minamino through a gaping hole in the Blues back three. Minamino fainted, left Edouard Mendy and Cesar Azpilicueta flat on the turf before finishing.

Kurt Zouma called Alex McCarthy into action with a header tipped round at the near post but the Blues offered little before the break.

Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Tammy Abraham for the second half and Chelsea came out all guns blaring. The visitors were parked in the Southampton box before Danny Ings foolishly hacked down Mason Mount for a clear penalty. With Jorginho on the bench, Mount stepped up and rolled home his second goal in three League games.

Here is how Jack Rosser rated the Blues…

Had very little to do but the only shot he really faced saw the Chelsea No1 left on his backside by Minamino.

Kept Danny Ings quiet but could have done better in covering for the Southampton goal.

First start in the Premier League since early January and seemed to track Rudiger’s run rather than Minamino’s for the goal.

Assured enough performance from the German, rarely looked in trouble at the back.

Handed a chance to impress and was encouraging going forward, crossing could have been better and missed an absolute sitter late on.

First League start under Tuchel. One of the better players on the pitch but passing forwards could have been sharper.

Sharp on the ball in the first half but became very, very wasteful in the second. Fortunate his mistakes were not punished.

Wasted so many good positions in the first half and, while Southampton rarely tested Chelsea, didn’t offer much defensively.

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Chelsea’s brightest spark throughout. Picked up the pace when it needed it in the frist half and stepped up to convert the penalty in the second.

Got into some good positions and caused problems for the Southampton defence but too wasteful in the final third.

Didn’t give the Southampton back line much to think about but was starved of service by those around him.

Caused a few problems for Southampton down the right but clearly didn’t please Tuchel. The substitute was substituted.

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