Arsene Wenger slams three Chelsea players during Southampton draw

Southampton v Chelsea: Match in pictures

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Chelsea’s defence was singled out for criticism by Arsene Wenger during their draw with Southampton on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel’s side were held by Saints at St Mary’s despite dominating large periods of the match.

Chelsea controlled the first half but it was Southampton who went into half time in the lead.

Liverpool loanee Takumi Minamino remained composed after being put through on goal by Nathan Redmond.

The Japanese international took his time before slotting past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Wenger believes centre-backs Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as wing-back Reece James, should have done more to prevent the goal.

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“[Minamino’s] composed despite the fact they’re under huge pressure, Southampton,” Wenger said on beIN SPORTS.

“This guy is an artist in his mind but I would say it was as well an art of bad defending from Chelsea.

“Zouma has turned completely, the space between him and Azpilicueta, look where Reece James is. He should be in there and Azpilicueta much more in.

“There’s no communication but what the striker does is exceptional.”

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Tuchel was not concerned about the goal after the game and more worried about the lack of end product at the other end.

“To concede a goal, it can happen,” the German told BT Sport.

“This is a game that has a lot of mistakes and errors.

“Things can happen. I’m not worried about the goal. It’s not the problem.

“We allowed one chance in the first half. We controlled the counter attacks.

“Frustration was the last 20 metres. We had so many opportunities, half chances.

“I had the feeling in our own attacks it was bad choices. Balls over hit, balls under hit. I missed the aggressiveness to finish the game.

“The last 20 metres was not good enough.”

Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi was substituted late on after only coming on in the second half.

Tuchel said the England international’s attitude was not at the required standard.

“We brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi but I was not happy with his attitude, energy and counter-pressing,” he added.

“I took him off and we demand 100 per cent, I feel he is not in the right shape to help us.

“It was a hard decision but tomorrow it is forgotten and he has all possibilities to start against Atletico Madrid.

“It is always a big week so it is mixed feelings at the moment, it will not be easier to score against Atletico.”

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