(Chelsea – Southampton 3-3) Goalkeeper Timo Werner (24) has woken up. At home against Southampton, he opened the goal account in the Premier League, and showed why Chelsea paid just over 460 million kroner for him. Shaky defensive play, however, cost the home team dearly.
The German left RB Leipzig as the club’s highest scoring player of all time this summer, but did not exactly fly out of the starting blocks in the English capital.
But against Southampton it loosened up – in a beautiful way.
After 14 minutes, he was denied his first Premier League goal after being deflected offside, but only a minute later he got his goal. A hard pass from another summer signing, Ben Chilwell, had so much speed in him that Werner could only jump over the ball and catch it on the other side.
Southampton stopper Jan Bednarek went five on, and Werner stormed towards goal.
He pulled in, past a couple of other Southampton players and placed the ball in control in goal. The relief of having finally opened the goal account in Chelsea Blue was clear, but the German was far from finished.
About a quarter of an hour later, he started in the usual way in the back room, and Jorginho found the new spearhead. He took it with him to the goal, lobbet the Lionel Messi-style over Alex McCarthy, took it again and headed the ball into goal.
See the score – picture by picture – in the gallery below:
Chelsea had full control for a long time, but were severely punished for personal mistakes.
Kai Havertz lost the ball inside his own half, and Frank Lampard’s men were severely punished. Che Adams played free high scorer Danny Ings, who elegantly rounded Kepa Arrizabalaga and put the ball in goal.
Chelsea continued to make mistakes after the break, and were again punished. Kurt Zouma seemed to have good control in a race duel with Che Adams, but was sloppy with the support pass to his own goalkeeper. Adams chased, Kepa missed the ball, and after a while inside the box, Adams hammered the ball into the net.
Chelsea have now conceded five goals due to personal errors this season. That’s the most in the Premier League.