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“We had a great start - to go 1-0 up so early was amazing for us. In the first half we didn't manage the lead as well as we could have but in the second half before we conceded we were doing quite well,” he said.
“We were doing quite well because we corrected many things at half-time. But many things happened in quick succession. We switched off at a corner, then we had [Artur] Boruc's injury and then they scored the second goal, and when Chelsea are ahead at home it's very difficult.
“We're always learning - we're the youngest team in the Premier League. We went to Liverpool and won, drew at Manchester United, lost to Arsenal and lost to Chelsea, so we have to keep learning.”
Pass success: 90%
Total shots: 22
Shots on target: 7
Pass success: 88%
Total shots: 9
Shots on target: 4
Chelsea's win over Southampton has fired them into second place, four points behind leaders Arsenal.
Manchester City's victory over Swansea City sees them move into third, six behind Arsene Wenger's side.
Liverpool slip to fourth spot after losing to Hull City, who have moved into 10th.
Manchester United are eighth after their 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Andre Villas-Boas' men are a point and a place behind the Premier League champions.
Pass success: 72%
Total shots: 16
Shots on target: 7
Pass success: 74%
Total shots: 9
Shots on target: 1
“It’s a little strange to stand here after a game we lost 3-0 and feel we did many things right. I thought we played really well in the first,” he said.
“When you play against players like this you have to keep the ball as much as possible. Even at the start of the second half was the same but their second goal shows what you are up against when you play top, top players. You have to take the few chances you get, but I think the playing part I thought we did well until the third goal.
“I think we saw how we need to play away against big teams but you have to score when you get your chances.
“At home they are the best team. I think they have so many top players and for me [Sergio] Aguero is a fantastic player. He’s strong, fast, skilful and so difficult to mark.”
“I don’t know anything about that. I don’t think Sergio wants to leave so it’s not a problem for us,” said the Manchester City manager.
“Very pleased because they are a very strong team. They had a lot of possession and after the goal we lost the ball too many times. We defended very well. In the second half we improved with the ball," he said.
“[West Brom] is a big challenge. We hope to start winning away but in this week we have six points and we must win all our games from now on.
“I have a lot of trust in this team. We have six more games in December and we hope to be near the top at the end of that run.
“Samir [Nasri] played very well, especially in the second half. He is free and happy and now he feels he is an important player."
"What can you do? It’s the worst possible start but I think we had the quality to keep balanced and wait for the second half to risk and to try and change the game," he told Sky Sports.
"We didn’t lose our tactical or emotional balance. We kept calm even when Oscar had to come out. We knew in the second half we could change things. I think our second half performance was really good.
"I think we gave Southampton a second half they were not expecting and they couldn’t cope with it.
"I think it’s more enjoyable when the situation is difficult. You have to show character. We gave them problems, we were not afraid to press them high. I think it was a very deserved result. I think in this crazy league, it’s very, very important because, once more, title contenders lost points."
"We watched them start the game very well. The second half we found our feet. Gaz [Gary Cahill] set us on our way with a great header.
"[It was] very difficult. The early goal gave them a lot of confidence. We had to regroup at half time and come out the way we did."
And on his 400th Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Terry said:
"It’s very significant for me, it’s a huge achievement to maintain at a top club like that. Hopefully there’s more to come."
In the end it was comprehensive for Chelsea, but Southampton more than played their part in a match which fizzed along at a frightening pace throughout. Jay Rodriguez put Mauricio Pochettino's men on course to end Jose Mourinho's proud home unbeaten run in the Premier League, but once again the Blues' defenders scored the team out of trouble.
Mourinho will be pleased with his side's response to Tuesday's limp defeat to Basel, and a win which keeps them in Arsenal's rear-view mirrors. Pochettino, meanwhile, will take heart from a spirited display. Southampton may have lost their last two matches against top opposition, but they have done enough to suggest they are more than this season's Newcastle.
This was not the swashbuckling performance that saw Tottenham and Manchester United cast aside, but a professional enough display from Manchester City was all that was needed to see off Swansea.
Samir Nasri claimed the Man of the Match award despite only really coming alive in the box, and were it not for Jonathan de Guzman’s horror miss the visitors may well have got something from the game.
A win is a win, though, and some momentum may finally be building for the big-spending Blues.
Chelsea 3-1 Southampton
Manchester City 3-0 Swansea City
Chelsea (Ba) 3-1 Southampton
Three goals and surely three points now for Manchester City after another marvellous display of attacking football. Pablo Zabaleta is this time the provider as his inch-perfect pull back finds Samir Nasri on the edge of the box and the winger sidefoots home first time. Swansea have huffed and puffed but cannot live with the pace City can come forward at.
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