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M. Mount
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T. Werner
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K. Havertz
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T. Werner
Goal
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M. Mount
Goal
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Chelsea will return to action next week with renewed confidence, then, while Southampton will have to find a way to avoid ending the season on a sour note. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Chelsea have steadied their position in third place in the Premier League with this win. They're kept a clean sheet in 14 of their 30 games this season and are clearly the league's third-best side. Southampton stay 13th and in the middle of a late-season slump. They're winless in their last five league games now, but they're already safe from danger.
Chelsea head back to London back to winning ways and then some. The European champions dismantled Southampton in the first half here, and were still the better side in the second. Mount and Werner grabbed two goals each. Alonso and Havertz scored too. The Saints have to take another heavy defeat on the chin.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 0-6 CHELSEA
90' + 2' Southampton get one last attempt at a consolation goal. They have a free-kick down their right. Ward-Prowse swings it in, Chelsea clear it, and that's that!
90' There's only two additional minutes for Southampton to endure. They get a free-kick near their own corner flag. Forster ambles over to take it.
89' Ziyech finds himself in tons of space in a central position, turns and shoots well wide. Hasenhuttl looks deep in thought in his seat. His team have been soundly beaten here.
87' Chelsea wouldn't mind one more goal for the road. The visitors put together a few tidy passes in front of Southampton's defence. Alonso eventually gets a header in the box but it's easy for the Saints to nod away.
85' Another Southampton attack breaks down. Bednarek slides in to block Werner's drive from the left of the box.
83' The game's slowed down substantially in the last few minutes. Pulisic gets sight of goal inside the box and earns Chelsea a corner which Alonso takes. Diallo clears it.
81' Rudiger comes across to bring Valery's run down the right to a halt, handing Southampton a throw-in.
79' Smallbone dispossesses Kovacic and carries his team forward. That leaves Southampton in danger when they lose the ball though, as Bednarek does just enough to stop Werner's run in behind. The German looks in some discomfort as he gets to his feet.
78' Christensen hands Southampton a welcome throw-in. Stuart Armstrong loops the ball towards the box from deep, but it sails over everyone and is picked up by Chelsea on the opposite side of the pitch.
77' Christensen is in the right place to intercept Elyounoussi's hopeful cross from the left. Chelsea's defenders have had Southampton's number all game.
75' Chelsea keep on coming! Alonso's blast on the overlap whistles just wide of the right-hand post.
W. Smallbone
V. Livramento
73' Here's that Southampton change. Their 22-year-old midfielder Smallbone replaces Livramento, who became the Saints' fourth player to make 25 Premier League appearances as a teenager in this game.
73' Southampton will be relieved that Chelsea have eased off in the last 15 minutes or so. It's some small mercy. The hosts are about to make another change.
71' Southampton want to escape their own half. but Chelsea still won't let them. Ziyech's penalised for impeding Walker-Peters.
H. Ziyech
M. Mount
69' Chelsea substitution. Ziyech comes on for Mount. The midfielder's not had a bad day. He's scored two of Chelsea's goals and assisted one.
68' James fancies getting in on the act for Chelsea. The substitute receives possession on the edge of the box and fires a right-footed effort inches wide of the left-hand post.
67' James anticipates Walker-Peters' run and cleans Southampton's left-back out. The Saints fans want a free-kick. The referee doesn't give one.
65' Livramento attempts to send Stuart Armstrong through on goal, but Chelsea shut things down quickly. Armstrong gets loose down the right and flings a cross in. Rudiger gets his defensive header right.
63' Rudiger goes for goal from distance but can't repeat his strike against Brentford last week. Oh well.
R. James
Thiago Silva
63' Chelsea make another substitution with the win surely wrapped up. James replaces Silva in Chelsea's back three.
62' Alonso lurks at the far post and fires at goal with his left foot when the free-kick lands to him. Forster is well-positioned to catch the shot.
J. Bednarek
Yellow Card
60' Bednarek steams into Chelsea's right wing-back Loftus-Cheek to give another free-kick to Chelsea. The Poland international is booked too.
58' Salisu cuts across Pulisic to prevent him from getting another shot away. Chelsea's free-kick doesn't work out. Rudiger thinks he was jostled over in the build-up but the referee isn't interested.
56' Mount's now scored three goals in five Premier League appearances against Southampton. The Portsmouth-born midfielder must love playing against them.
M. Mount
Goal
54' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-6 CHELSEA! This is way too easy for Chelsea. Pulisic lashes Alonso's fizzed cross straight at Forster. He can't save it fully, though, and it pops up for Mount who slots it home. Southampton must be getting nervous now. Another 9-0 might be on the cards.
53' Southampton get the relief of another free-kick when Werner trips Valery. Chelsea are still in full control.
51' Adams hits Walker-Peters' cross into the ground straight at Mendy. The Chelsea goalkeeper spreads himself wide to stop Southampton from pulling a goal back.
T. Werner
Goal
49' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-5 CHELSEA! Southampton's beating hasn't finished yet. Werner nabs his second goal of the game, calmly converting the rebound after Forster saves Kante's drive from the middle of the box.
48' Diallo wins a free-kick in his own half as he's clipped by Kante.
47' Southampton get the second half started. It's hard to see how it could be much worse for them than the first half.
I. Diallo
A. Armstrong
46' Southampton make another change before the second half too. Diallo replaces the quiet Adam Armstrong.
C. Pulisic
K. Havertz
46' Chelsea make a half-time change with next week's game against Madrid in their minds. Pulisic replaces Havertz.
10 of Chelsea's 12 shots in the opening 45 minutes were from inside the box. They've cut through Southampton like a knife through butter. The Saints might improve after the break, but this game's already beyond them now. They're heading for three Premier League defeats in a row at home for the first time since February last year.
The half-time whistle blows to boos from the Southampton fans. Chelsea thoroughly outplayed their hosts in that first half, scoring four times in just over half an hour. Alonso got the first goal, but their front three Mount, Werner and Havertz have been lethal, all notching a goal each. It's damage limitation time for the Saints.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 0-4 CHELSEA
45' There'll be two more minutes of this mauling before half-time. It can't come soon enough for Southampton.
44' Mount receives Havertz's cutback and dummies before curling the ball to Forster's right. Forster gets across to tip the shot aside. It's another Chelsea corner. Loftus-Cheek gets his head to it and Forster stops it from crossing the line! Southampton survive conceding a fifth goal.
43' The Chelsea fans are cheering every pass their players are making already. This must be dispiriting for Southampton.
41' Forster gets down low to stop Havertz from beating him at his near post. Chelsea get a corner which Southampton clear.
40' Chelsea retain possession for a long while before suddenly darting forward. Walker-Peters nudges Loftus-Cheek off the ball in the box to clear.
38' Elyounoussi is too eager to regain the ball in Chelsea's half and clatters into Loftus-Cheek. Chelsea gratefully accept the free-kick.
Y. Valery
Oriol Romeu
36' Southampton have struggled so much in this first half that they're going to make a substitution before half-time. Valery replaces the out-of-sorts Romeu.
35' Adams gets sight of goal inside the box and is quickly closed down. Chelsea look to counter again quickly but can't wangle it this time around.
33' Salisu's caught in possession by Havertz and Werner wriggles towards goal, forcing Forster to catch his routine shot down the centre.
K. Havertz
Goal
31' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-4 CHELSEA! Could this be one of *those* games for Southampton? Werner is extremely unlucky not to grab his second goal of the game after skipping past Walker-Peters in the box and slamming the right-hand post. Havertz is on hand to convert the rebound.
29' Southampton are playing a little better now that Chelsea have taken their foot off the gas. Walker-Peters is ushered out wide and his cross doesn't work out. Ward-Prowse is unable to force the ball through a crowd of Chelsea defenders.
27' Chelsea are extremely strong starters. The Blues have now scored 28 first-half goals in their last 30 league games. Only Liverpool (37) and Manchester City (34) have scored more in the Premier League this season.
25' Southampton go on their first attack for a while. It ends with a free-kick being given against them inside Chelsea's box.
23' Chelsea enjoy a bit of a breather, passing the ball between themselves in their own half. They've likely wrapped up the three points here already.
T. Werner
Goal
22' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-3 CHELSEA! Chelsea are playing like they have a point to prove here! Ward-Prowse's misplaced header leaves the Saints in trouble. Werner darts in behind, takes Forster wide and slots past him into the empty net.
20' Salisu's long throw-in from the right doesn't pay off. Southampton had a decent first few minutes but have looked very vulnerable since then.
18' Chelsea almost make it 3-0! Alonso scampers free down the left to reach the byline and cuts the ball back for Werner inside the six-yard box. Forster makes himself big to block the German's blast and keep Southampton in this game. We haven't even made it to the 20-minute mark yet.
M. Mount
Goal
16' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 CHELSEA! Mount finds the net with a daisycutter from range! Loftus-Cheek's low cross is cut out and comes out to the Englishman just outside the box. Mount takes a touch to control the ball and sends it skidding into the bottom left corner.
14' Chelsea are keen to build on their strong start. Werner can't keep the ball in play this time, but they're looking menacing.
12' Forster races out of his box to clear a threatening Chelsea throughball. Chelsea press Salisu into giving the ball back to them, but the Ghanaian's teammates bail him out of trouble.
10' Elyounoussi gets brought down by Christensen down Southampton's left. Ward-Prowse swings the free-kick in. It bounces dangerously wide of the right-hand post.
M. Mount
Assist
8' Chelsea haven't allowed their hosts to settle at all yet. Mount did well to spot Alonso's run, and the visitors are well worth an early goal given the intensity of their start.
Marcos Alonso
Goal
8' GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 CHELSEA! Alonso gives Chelsea the lead after an end-to-end start! The Spaniard lashes left-footed into the bottom right corner after Mount picks him out in the box.
6' Chelsea hit the woodwork twice in six minutes! Werner controls Havertz's cross from the right and lays off to Loftus-Cheek, who fires the ball across the face of goal. Werner gets his head on the end of it but can only hit the crossbar! Southampton are getting lucky.
4' This game has started very promisingly. Adam Armstrong cannons the ball against Kovacic from the edge of the box to earn another corner. Chelsea defend it stoutly, blocking Stuart Armstrong's shot.
3' Southampton force another corner down their right. It doesn't work out, and Chelsea can counter! Werner drives forward and arrows the ball towards the bottom left corner. It rebounds off the bottom of the post and back into play! Havertz blazes over seconds later.
2' Saints captain Ward-Prowse gets an early opportunity to showcase his set-piece ability as Kante halts Adams' run down the left. Southampton get a corner out of the free-kick. It's claimed by Mendy.
1' Chelsea get this game underway! They're wearing their yellow away kit. Southampton are wearing their usual red-and-white striped shirts and black shorts.
Chelsea have a strong record against Southampton at St. Mary's and in general. The Saints have won just one of their last 12 Premier League games against the Blues, who are unbeaten in their last eight visits here. The hosts' home form has faltered lately too. Can Chelsea get a morale-boosting win before their crucial second leg against Madrid?
There are four changes to Chelsea from their 3-1 home loss to Madrid in the Champions League midweek. Loftus-Cheek and Alonso replace Cesar Azpilicueta and James in the wing-back positions. Kovacic and Werner also come in. Kante captains the side.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl makes two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leeds United last week. Armando Broja is ineligible to face his parent club, so Adam Armstrong takes his place up front. Stuart Armstrong also replaces Diallo in midfield.
SUBS: Reece James, Christian Pulisic, Ross Barkley, Saul Niguez, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Hakim Ziyech.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rüdiger; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N'Golo Kante (c), Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.
SUBS: Jack Stephens, Ibrahima Diallo, Nathan Redmond, Romain Perraud, William Smallbone, Nathan Tella, Willy Caballero, Yan Valery, Theo Walcott.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-1-2): Fraser Forster; Valentino Livramento, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters; James Ward-Prowse (c), Oriol Romeu, Stuart Armstrong; Mohamed Elyounoussi; Adam Armstrong, Che Adams.
Chelsea have rather more to play for, and will be reeling after back-to-back home losses to Brentford and Real Madrid. However, the Blues have never suffered consecutive league defeats under Thomas Tuchel and will be in no mood to start now. Only Manchester City have picked up more away league wins since his arrival at the club.
With eight league games left to play this season, Southampton could be forgiven for starting to wind things down now they're extremely likely to finish in mid-table. Having failed to win their last four matches though, the Saints will still want a few more good results so they can end their campaign on a high.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium.