Three worst Chelsea players in win v Southampton
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Chelsea eased to a 4-2 victory against Southampton on Tuesday night to open up a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring with a sublime finish but the away side responded through Oriol Romeu.
However Gary Cahill headed Chelsea back in front just before half-time and Diego Costa rounded off the win with a brace.
Ryan Bertrand scored a late header against his former club but it was too little too late.
It wasn’t all straighforward for Chelsea though and here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players in the win.
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Alonso had a game to forget at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and still has some way to go to prove to Chelsea fans that he can become a reliable figure in the starting line-up for years to come. The ex-Bolton and Fiorentina man was responsible for Southampton’s equaliser in the first period when he completely forgot to keep an eye on Romeu. His attacking display wasn’t too great either and questions were raised once more from Chelsea fans after the game. The Blues should look to improve on Alonso in the summer.
Centre-backs need to remain calm under pressure and Luiz didn’t manage to do what Gary Cahill did as he returned to the line-up from illness. The Brazilian completely lost his head in the first half, which was largely dominated by Claude Puel’s men. Luiz conceded a number of silly fouls and was lucky to escape a booking. Nathan Ake played well against Spurs on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final win and if Conte was thinking about recalling him to the team, Luiz should be the first centre-back to be dropped.
The Serbian enforcer had a brilliant performance against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday but didn’t do anything to replicate that against the Saints. Again, Chelsea’s poor opening 45 minutes was largely down to how badly they played off the ball. N’Golo Kante was no better than Matic in that regard, but the ex-Benfica man didn’t have anywhere near the influence on proceedings of his French teammate.
In other Chelsea news, John Terry has delivered an FA Cup rallying cry.