Chelsea star Ben Chilwell reacted to a huge error by scoring the Blues’ third goal against Southampton.
It ended 3-1 at Stamford Bridge after an eventful Premier League clash. Thomas Tuchel made five changes from the 1-0 defeat to Man City. Chilwell, Trevor Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi were all handed starts.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, meanwhile, benefitted from the returning Nathan Tella and Theo Walcott in attack.
Tuchel’s side struck first through talented academy graduate Trevor Chalobah. A corner was flicked on by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, finding Chalobah free at the back post.
The youngster converted the chance with a diving header to give Chelsea exactly the start they wanted.
Chilwell could have made it 2-0 in the 26th minute but saw his effort kept out by Alex McCarthy.
Chelsea found their groove shortly before half-time and had the ball in the net twice in quick succession.
Romelu Lukaku fired into the bottom after a brilliant Antonio Rudiger run. He was then adjudged to be offside when the final pass was played.
Strike partner Timo Werner was more unlucky to have his goal chalked off. Cesar Azpilicueta won the ball from Kyle Walker-Peters, allowing Chelsea to attack.
In the second phase, Hudson-Odoi crossed for Werner and the German confidently dispatched with his head.
But referee Martin Atkinson penalised Azpilicueta for a foul in the build up, much to the anger of Tuchel.
Werner’s first league goal of the campaign was ruled out and it ended 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Chilwell clumsily brought down Tino Livramento in the box to give Southampton a chance to level.
Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse calmly slotted the resultant spot-kick home, sending Edouard Mendy the wrong way.
The midfielder’s elation was short-lived as he was sent off for a poor challenge on Jorginho 16 minutes later.
Werner, Chilwell respond with late goals
Werner would not be discouraged from his earlier misfortune, however. The pacy player stepped up to give Chelsea a two-goal cushion.
Substitute Ross Barkley played in Azpilicueta on the right. Werner then tapped in a first-time cross from the Spaniard.
Afterwards, it was Chilwell’s turn to avenge his earlier error. The England international rounded off proceedings with a great left-footed strike.
Two of his team-mates had hit the woodwork shortly before, but Chilwell made no mistake.