Chelsea is the new leader of the Premier League thanks to a Timo Werner who is finally decisive and who, with his goal in the 85th minute, put the three points on track for the ‘Blues’ against Southampton (3-1).
The German, whom the VAR had annulled a bit in the first half, seemed gagged in the face of goal, but made a good assist from César Azpilicueta in the last bars of the game to avoid the puncture of Chelsea, in which Saúl again Ñiguez did not enjoy minutes for the third consecutive game.
And that started things very well for Thomas Tuchel’s men, who went ahead with a header from the young center-back Trevoh Chalobah and made it 2-0 through Werner before the break. But the VAR reviewed the goal and canceled it due to a foul by Azpilicueta at the beginning of the play.
Southampton, who had not created much, found themselves with a penalty in their favor half an hour from the end for a tackle by Ben Chilwell on Valentino Livramento, precisely a player on loan from Chelsea. James Ward-Prowse fooled Edouard Mendy from eleven meters and got the ‘Blues’ into trouble at Stamford Bridge.
However, the way was paved when Ward-Prowse himself, 15 minutes before the final whistle, was sent off for a direct red after an ugly tackle on Jorginho that luckily had no consequences for the Italian.
Chelsea turned around and made it 2-1 when Werner took advantage of a cross from Azpilicueta. For the German it is his first goal in this Premier League and the second of the season after scoring Aston Villa in the League Cup.
Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku were able to close the game, when they found the stick, but it was Chilwell, who with Southampton already surrendered, made it 3-1 and left the three points at home.
Chelsea are placed first, with 16 points, two more than Liverpool, who have yet to play, and Manchester United and Everton