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Article published on 2015-10-11 by ChelseaStats in The Statszone.
A slightly delayed look at our defeat to Southampton, which saw Chelsea lose at home under Jose Mourinho for just the third time in 102 matches in the Premier League. We use @Statszone for some insight into another defeat for the Champions.
Chelsea began the game well and Willian opened the scoring with his a set-piece goal, extending his streak to one in each of his last four matches.
Influence shows Chelsea dominating the game, given the chance to pass sideways and across the back four with relative ease as Southampton sat a little deeper and reduced the space for our attacking players.
Chelsea were poor and didn’t deserve anything from the game but there were a few incidents that had an impact on the scoreline.
- Ramires conceded a free-kick in midfield for a late challenge. A quick sideways pass, a punt forward, a knock-down and a shot sore Southampton equalise. during this play. Cahill was much deeper than the rest of the back line challenging with Pelle this create space for the runner, who was not tracked at all by Fabregas allowing a free shot. There was no pressure on the player punting it long to Pelle in the first instance either. Overall a poor goal to concede with a number of players at fault.
- Mane, put the Saints ahead 2 minutes after Falcao had been booked for diving. Like the free kick, the blues had switched off. It was a dive by Falcao who was already going down before the contact from the keeper, and although many could argue they have seen those decisions given for other teams, it doesn’t excuse the player – a long ball towards Cahill who wasn’t able to control the ball and then stumbled somewhat. Terry misread the play and got turned well by Mane.
- Pelle scores Southampton’s third a minute after falcao received an injury in midfield. Mane already booked for diving appeared to stand on Falcao’s leg – with as much force as Diego Costa did against Liverpool that saw a three match ban. I don’t think either are more than a yellow as it didn’t appear to show excessive force – i.e. it wasn’t a stamp but just a stand upon. Nonetheless it’s probably a yellow card for any Chelsea player caught doing that this season, especially one already booked. Mane made 5 fouls in the game overall, more than any other player. Chelsea took the freekick and Hazard lost possession easily Mane then ran forward to find Pelle who scored a good goal. Had Mane received his second yellow card. Chelsea’s free kick would have been taken more slowly and more directly with defenders pushing forward knowing they were against 10 men and losing 1-2 with the fastest counter attacker in the opposition off the field.
I should add Southampton would argue they should have had two penalties and I agree both were enough to be given, but Mane also dived after the contact from Ramires, which probably didn’t help his cause and thus was booked moments late for a similar embellishment. Ivanovic was caught shirt pulling inside the penalty area at a corner. Yes that’s a pen but it’s also happening in both boxes in every game every week. I would love for all of them to be pens, but it just won’t happen.
I don’t think Southampton were doing anything wrong, or the referee had a particularly bad game, other than the fact he seemed to take 30 seconds or more over every free-kick talking to players, his colleagues, marking out the ‘magic spray’ which I found irritating. There are just some moments that directly influence scoring events and it just seems to be a run of bad luck brought about by poor defending, decision making and application.
Chelsea created seven chances in the game, Southampton nine, with three versus four coming inside the penalty area. For a home team that is a pretty poor return, especially given just a total of three shots on target in the game and should be focus of concern, rather than the defensive issues, in my opinion.
Azpilicueta was probably the only shining light on the pitch and even he made a number of errors in the game. No player won more tackles than Cesar’s 6 from 7 attempted, no player made more interceptions than Cesar’s 6.
A small quirk in the game, was the fact Ivanovic was the only Chelsea player to block a cross, just one, but of the 29 crosses attempted in the game overall (Chelsea – 14, Southampton 15), none, zero found a teammate. The position of the Chelsea crosses should also be alarming. Where is our right midfield?
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Article published on 2015-10-11 by ChelseaStats in The Last 38 League.
The data is updated on a rolling basis after every gameweek and all teams with at least some Premier League experience are included and in some cases for newly promoted sides data will include their previous results even if these occurred several years ago. For the weekly update articles the table has been limited to only show active Premier League teams.
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