(EFE) – Chelsea, who will face Atlético de Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 next Tuesday, did not go beyond a draw in their visit to Southampton (1-1), stopping a streak of four consecutive wins in the Premier, while the local team takes at least one point after six defeats in a row.
A few days after his return to the top continental competition, German Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who came to the bench on January 26, still does not know defeat; but in Southampton, against a rival who was in free fall, he was thick. Despite exercising the greatest dominance, his football did not have the fluidity necessary to create good scoring chances.
What’s more, Chelsea, with the Spanish Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso in contention, but goalkeeper Kepa in the stands, went to rest behind on the scoreboard. And it is that it hardly took danger on the local goal and, on the other hand, he saw Southampton practically materialize their only shot at the visitor’s goal with a remarkable goal from the Japanese Takumi Minamino (m.33).
The second half, with a more aggressive Chelsea and with the entry of Callum Hudson-Odoi instead of a Tammy Abraham with ankle discomfort, soon saw the tie. It was an innocent action by Danny Ings, who committed a penalty by hitting the legs of an opponent while trying to snatch the ball from him. The maximum penalty, as specialist Jorginho was in the stands at that time, was effectively executed by the young Mason Mount, who made it 1-1 (m.54).
The equalizer seemed to revitalize the Chelsea game, but it was a mirage, since only Mason Mount had criteria. It was even again Southampton, who played to contain, who was closer to making the second, with a header to the crossbar (m.79). From there to the end, little more in both. A draw was signed that surely leaves the locals more satisfied, who stop their negative streak of six consecutive defeats, while Tuchel’s team runs the risk of giving up fourth place, the last access to the Champions League.