Four Things Thomas Tuchel did right as Chelsea beat Southampton with Timo Werner strike

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.

Trevor Chalobah opened the scoring for Chelsea
Trevor Chalobah opened the scoring for Chelsea

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.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek provided the assist for Chalobah
Ruben Loftus-Cheek provided the assist for Chalobah

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.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel continues to believe in Timo Werner
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel continues to believe in Timo Werner

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.

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.


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