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Timo Werner ends barren 18-month wait as Chelsea destroy Southampton with six-goal thrust

Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Marcos Alonso, Kai Havertz Chelsea celeb following Alonso goal v Southampton at St Mary's

Chelsea responded to two dismal defeats in the best possible fashion with a rampaging 6-0 Premier League win over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Having lost to Brentford 4-1 last weekend and then Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday, questions have been raised about Chelsea’s desire in recent games. And while Southampton themselves have been in shocking form – their last Premier League win came on February 25 – it was still a performance to be admired by the Blues.

Sporting their yellow kit, Chelsea made a strong start and showed their intent from pretty much the first whistle. The opening goal duly arrived

And with just nine minutes on the clock. Then move was started by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into Mason Mount. The England man then showed great composure to find Marcos Alonso, who finished well.

Thomas Tuchel’s side looked like a team with a point to prove. And the one-way traffic continued as the Blues doubled their lead after 18. The goal was started and finished by Mount, who, after exchanging passes with Loftus-Cheek drilled a fine strike past Fraser Forster.

Chelsea continued to press with Timo Werner looking lively. Indeed, the German was unfortunate not to register in the opening exchanges. However, he was not to be denied and claimed his eighth of the season. And what a goal it was, Werner running through on goal, rounding Forster and firing into the unguarded net.

It was 4-0 on 33 minutes as Kai Havertz got in on the act. The German was on hand to tap home after Werner’s effort had struck the post.

Truth be told, it could and should have been more before the break with Forster producing some excellent work to deny first Havertz and then Loftus-Cheek.

Chelsea pick up where they left off

Chelsea made it 5-0 just four minutes into the second half with Werner scoring his second of the match. It was the German’s first double for the Blues in 18 long months.

Mount then collected his second of the game to make it 6-0. That arrived despite more Forster heroics, the Saints keeper saving from Christian Pulisic and then Werner, before Mount rifled home.

Tuchel’s side have more chances to add to their tally with Alonso missing a chance to grab his second of the game.

As it was, the Blues declared at six but there was no disguising from the fact it was a brilliant team performance.

The win gives Blues some breathing space in the battle to secure a top-three finish. Tuchel will also hope it acts as a spur for the bigger and more important games to come.

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