The Blues suffered a second setback this season and will need rookie Wesley Fofana to bounce back. Meanwhile, Leeds failed to beat low-ranked Everton (1-1) and Brighton lost to promoted Fulham (2-1).
Second defeat of the season, already, for Chelsea . Thomas Tuchel’s Blues were overthrown (2-1) on Tuesday at Southampton on the fifth day of the Premier League. Eighth with seven points, the London team is even overtaken in the standings by its opponent of the day, in the number of goals scored.
Only 16th defense in the championship after eight goals conceded, Chelsea already seems to be impatiently awaiting the arrival of Frenchman Wesley Fofana in the hinge.
Far from being illogical, the scenario of the defeat of Chelsea has something to displease the German coach of the London team. His players had taken control on a very nice collective action, full of movement and intelligent movements, allowing Raheem Sterling to score from close range (0-1, 23rd).
The joy was short-lived, with Londoners then showing themselves to be very dissipated. Barely 5 minutes later, they left young Romeo Lavia, 18, a defector from Manchester City, alone from 18 meters to score with the outside of his foot, on a shot that Edouard Mendy hit but insufficiently (1- 1, 28th).
Tuchel must wake up Chelsea
Far from waking up, the Chelsea players seemed even more passive on the second goal, leaving Southampton to combine until side Romain Perraud on the left, who found Adam Armstrong in the center to score (2-1, 45 + 1).
Even the break and the speech that we imagine to be muscular from Thomas Tuchel did not provoke a rebound in the second half and the question of whether he will manage to restart the machine, after an already disappointing end to the season last year, is clearly stated.
There are just a few days left for Chelsea to go from strength to strength. As indicated by Le Messager Sport on Tuesday, Wesley Fofana has signed for six years and will quickly strengthen the defense. But the problems seem to be mostly in the attacking sector.
Everton draw against Leeds
Thomas Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard, gave himself some air with the good draw obtained by Everton in Leeds (1-1). The Toffees have still not won and, with 3 points, only occupy a fragile provisional 15th place, but the combativeness and discipline displayed against Leeds bodes well.
Anthony Gordon had even managed to give them the advantage shortly after the end of the first quarter of an hour, but Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra scored his first goal in his new jersey to ensure the points were shared (1-1, 55th ). Anthony Gordon, whose name often comes up on the Chelsea side at the end of the transfer window.
For its part, Brighton suffered its first setback of the season on the ground of Fulham (2-1), despite many opportunities to win at fairly realistic Cottagers. Fulham opened the scoring thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 5th goal of the season, only beaten by Erling Haaland (6 goals) in the scorer rankings (1-0, 48th).