PAUL MERSON GIVES VERDICT ON CHELSEA 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON CONTROVERSY

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have got the better of Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League today.

Chelsea probably deservedly picked up all three points from the encounter this afternoon, but there was one big moment in the game that was very controversial.

It was the sending-off of Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse in the 77th minute.

The midfielder was sent off for a challenge on Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

It was 1-1 at that stage.

Chelsea scored two goals in the final 10 minutes and won the match 3-1.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson was following the match for Sky Sports, and he has given his take on the dismissal of Ward-Prowse.

The Sky Sports pundit believes that the 26-year-old midfielder was unlucky to be sent off.

Merson said , “When you first watch it, you think he is unlucky, Ward-Prowse, he has to go for it.

“It’s not the greatest of passes, he is committed and he goes for it. Jorginho just gets there before him. Every time you watch it in slow motion, it gets worse. It gets worse in slow motion.”

The Englishman added: “I think he is unlucky.”

Merson continued: “I thought it was a bit harsh, but when you watch it in slow motion, you have got to send him off.

“In normal time., I thought he was unlucky not to get the ball. I thought he was going to get the ball.”

Southampton fans will feel that Ward-Prowse should not have been sent off, but you suspect that Chelsea supporters will take the decision from the referee.

That’s the way it is.

Chelsea do have a better team than the Saints, and manager Thomas Tuchel will feel that his side would have eventually picked up all three points against Southampton even against 11 men.

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