Four things Tuchel got right as Chelsea end poor run with Southampton win

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Chelsea were desperately looking for a response after two defeats in a row against Manchester City in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.

As a result, Thomas Tuchel shuffled his pack and made five changes from their European defeat in Turin.

Thiago Silva, Trevor Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi were brought into the team, while Mason Mount was fit enough to return to the bench.

Chalobah scored the opener for Tuchel’s side before James Ward-Prowse's second-half penalty brought the Saints level.

Saints captain Ward-Prowse was later sent off for a challenge on Jorginho, but Werner eventually got his goal late in the game before Chilwell added a third.

Daily Star Sport looks at four things Tuchel got right at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

What Tuchel got right…

Starting Chalobah

Tuchel’s decision to hand Chalobah his first start since the 3-0 win against Aston Villa last month proved to be the right one.

The 22-year-old’s beautiful diving header at the back post got the ball rolling at Stamford Bridge and left Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with no chance.

Chalobah looks to have done enough to retain his place in the starting 11 and the youngster will be hoping to build on his performance in the coming weeks.

Giving Loftus-Cheek a chance

While it was Chalobah who scored a brilliant header, none of it would have been possible without Loftus-Cheek’s crucial flick from Chilwell’s corner.

Loftus-Cheek was handed his first Premier League start since September 2020 and the midfielder didn’t disappoint.

Thanks to Loftus-Cheek in the centre of midfield, Chelsea looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and the 25-year-old almost had a goal of his own with a long-range effort which went just wide of Alex McCarthy’s post.

Showing faith in Werner

It’s fair to say the German forward hasn’t had the best time since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig in 2020.

Werner was one of the shining lights in the Bundesliga – where he scored 78 times in 127 appearances for Leipzig – but the 25-year-old has struggled to adapt to English football.

After seeing a goal ruled out by VAR in the first-half, Werner kept plugging away and scored the winner just ten minutes from full-time.

Nonetheless, Werner continued to offer a threat going forward, particularly with his blistering pace in behind the Saints backline.

Starting Chilwell

The decision to start Ben Chilwell and leave Marcos Alonso on the bench was a surprising one from Thomas Tuchel.

The Spanish wing-back was substituted at half-time against Juventus on Wednesday, but the 30-year-old offers more of a threat than Chilwell.

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Chilwell was handed his first league start of the season and the England defender looked like he was going to fail to impress, giving away a penalty which Ward-Prowse converted to bring the Saints level.

However, being dropped so regularly early in the season seems to have given the defender an urge to impress, as was proved with his thunderbolt of a goal late in the game to make it 3-1 to the hosts.

  • Premier League
  • Thomas Tuchel
  • Chelsea FC
  • Southampton FC
  • Timo Werner

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