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Chelsea held to 1-1 draw at Southampton

Saints had lost six league games in a row before the visit of the Londoners

Update : 20 Feb 2021, 08:43 PM

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw away to struggling Southampton in the Premier League Saturday after the hosts midfielder Takumi Minamino scored with their only attack of the first half and Mason Mount levelled with a penalty after the break.

Chelsea are in fourth place, now a point ahead of West Ham United, who play Sunday, and three points clear of Liverpool who host Everton later Saturday. 

Southampton are 13th.

Saints had lost six league games in a row before the visit of the Londoners - who were looking for their fifth straight win under new coach Thomas Tuchel - and they spent long periods of the game trying to get hold of the ball.

But for all of Chelsea's possession, the visitors labored to create chances, something Tuchel has previously highlighted as a problem for his side.

Timo Werner ended his Premier League goal drought as the Chelsea forward sealed a 2-0 win against Newcastle that lifted the Blues into fourth place Monday.

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They were punished in the 33rd minute when Minamino ran on to a defence-splitting Nathan Redmond pass and coolly finished to become the first opposition player to score against Chelsea since Tuchel’s arrival last month - the only goal the Blues had previously conceded in that time was an own goal.

The German brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi for Tammy Abraham at the break and Chelsea then looked a bit sharper up front. 

The equalizer came when Mount was felled in the box by Danny Ings and he got up to convert the spot kick in the 54th minute.

Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard then hit the woodwork in the 71st with a header on another rare home attack.

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