5 Things We Learned From Chelsea 1 - 3 Southampton


 The Special One looks lost

Has Jose lost his marbles? It’s as if the Portuguese is grasping at anything and hoping it will have an effect. He started the game with Oscar and Ramires as deep-lying midfielders, which was never going to work. It was all a bit Brendan Rodgers.

The defence was again given no protection and Saints could get at the fragile back four, which they did superbly.

Mourinho rightly brought Nemanja Matic on at half-time, seemingly realising his mistake. However, after the third goal he bizarrely subbed the Serbian who had done little wrong in his 28 minutes on the pitch. Mourinho didn't even acknowledge Matic as he came off. The Special one is out of ideas, he could soon be out of a job.

 

 Saints got it bang on

Southampton were phenomenal. You can criticise Chelsea all you want, and we are about to, don’t you worry, but Saints produced the perfect attacking performance.

Sadio Mane is a great footballer and after many scoffed at the rumours of him moving to Man United in the summer, he has proved that he would be worthy of any of the teams in the top four.

Graziano Pelle continues to be the best target man in the top-flight and this team are a match for anyone. 

 

Falcao fluffs his lines….. again

It’s been sad watching the Colombian over the last couple of years. He’s gone from one of Europe’s most feared strikers, to a genuine laughing stock since he moved to Manchester United. He’s even changed his hair at least four times in a bid to alter his fortunes, but to no avail.

He got the nod ahead of Loic Remy here, who Mourinho clearly doesn’t rate, and he struggled again.

The amount of times the ball as played over the top for him in the first half but he came short must have been frustrating for players and fans alike. He then dived and was booked, yes Niall Quinn, it was a dive. The Portuguese boss seems adamant to give him a chance, after all it was he who brought him to the club, but surely Remy is a better option?

 

Ivanovic has to be dropped

This joke has gone on long enough Jose. Chelsea have one of the best full-backs in the league in Cesar Azpilicueta, in fact he’s that good that he manages to play out of position at left-back and still be the club’s most consistent player.

Ivanovic has been a great player for the Blues over the years but he has been woeful this season and he was so again here. His display was summed up early in the second period when Mane twice left him for dead and had shots at goal. The Serbian then shanked the ball back into the danger zone only to be bailed out by his defensive companions. 

Switch Azpilicueta to right-back and bring Baba Rahman in on the left, before it’s too late.

 

Willian loves a free-kick

The Brazilian is quietly having a decent season amidst all the detritus currently engulfing Chelsea. His set piece delivery has been brilliant and it proved so again as he ripped another curler into the top bag to open the scoring here.

The Blues have scored a few from wide free-kick this term with Willian notching four in all competitions and his countryman Oscar grabbing one for good measure. In fact, the goal here meant that the former Shakhtar man has scored with a free-kick in four successive games.

It might be a big shout to say that Chelsea re becoming something of a set piece based attacking force, but with their current form they will take the goals however they come.