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Stamford Bridge

Sun 01 Dec 2013 16:10 (Attendance: 41,568)


It's a top-five encounter at the Bridge to bring the curtain down on this weekend's top-flight programme. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton prepare for a meeting with the Saints…

The corresponding fixture last season was Nigel Adkins' last in charge of Southampton. The unheralded Mauricio Pochettino has fared remarkably well since then with his high-energy pressing game. He has used the joint fewest players so far this season: 19. (Chelsea have fielded 23.)

Southampton have earned the dubious honour of being this season's 'surprise package'. In 2012/13 that was bestowed on West Bromwich Albion, fourth at this stage, destined to finish eighth. Previous campaigns have highlighted Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers going into December, with mixed endings.

Whether Southampton's energy will last the course, and whether teams work out ways to outwit them over the second half of the season, remain to be seen.

As we bid a not-so-fond farewell to November it is worth a reminder that Saints are two points behind Chelsea, and just four points separate Liverpool in second and Tottenham in ninth. So inconsistent are the majority of top half sides that a team stringing together three or four wins could steal a march before Christmas - a tough period only the brave survive, as Jose Mourinho has said.

Chelsea have won 38 of the last 42 Barclays Premier League points on offer at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues' next three fixtures after this weekend are Sunderland and Stoke away, followed by Crystal Palace at the Bridge. The Portuguese will expect his team to earn nine points from that sequence.

Who said 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'? After the Basel performance, you wonder at the truth of that saying. Perhaps, at least as far as Petr Cech's performance went, it was a match that should have finished 0-0.

Yet, gratifyingly, the first group stage 'double' defeat inflicted on our team failed to prevent us qualifying for the knockout phase. Our thanks go to Schalke and our final group E opponents Steaua for their stalemate, but progress with one game to go is a big improvement on last season's early exit.

It did not help losing the lively Samuel Eto'o to injury - the Cameroonian had already reported some discomfort and Fernando Torres was in the process of warming when he pulled up lame after 40 minutes.

Chelsea v Basel

Emerging title favourites with the bookmakers Arsenal travel to Wales this weekend, where Cardiff have already taken points off the two Manchester clubs. You have to look as far back as May 2001 for troubled Spurs' last home win over Man United. Swansea, who win or lose away but are yet to draw, encounter Man City's formidable home form. Liverpool's hosts Hull have lost just once at the KC Stadium this season.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Aston Villa v Sunderland 3pm
Cardiff v Arsenal 3pm
Everton v Stoke 3pm
Norwich v Crystal Palace 3pm
West Ham v Fulham 3pm
Newcastle v West Brom 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Tottenham v Man Utd 12.00 noon - BT Sport
Hull v Liverpool 2.05pm Sky Sports
Chelsea v Southampton 4.10pm - Sky Sports
Manchester City v Swansea 4.10pm
Crystal Palace v West Ham 8pm - BT Sport

Barclays Premier League top eight
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 12 +14 28
2 Liverpool 12 +11 24
3 Chelsea 12 +11 24
4 Man City 12 +22 22
5 Southampton 12 +8 22
6 Man Utd 12 +5 21
7 Everton 12 +4 21
8 Newcastle 12 0 20


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After such a fine run recently, Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton team are unified and play without fear. They harass opponents high up the pitch with intensity and aggression. They hunt in packs and are adept at increasing pressure on the man with the ball by blocking passing options.

In Pochettino's system, should one Saint turn sinner and not play his part, the whole strategy can be undermined and it does expend enormous energy over 90 minutes - let alone the nine months of a season. The workload has not been spread very widely, and one of those to have missed out so far is former Blue Jack Cork - a welcome back to the Bridge to him.

The tactics also require players, notably full-backs, to push forward leaving Saints vulnerable to counter attacks so they work hard to interrupt the opposition in these moments. As Basel have shown in both games, little fouls to take the momentum out of opponents' attack rarely result in yellow cards, no matter how frequent.

Southampton have committed the most fouls in the Premier League but only four teams have been shown fewer yellow cards than their 16 so far.

Jose Mourinho has set his team up in a 4-3-3 in the last two matches, one highly successful, one not so much. John Mikel Obi became bogged down by Basel and moves were rarely initiated through Frank Lampard or Ramires. Central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (pictured below right), who leads much of Saints' pressing, is likely to be Mikel's biggest problem in that system.

Hazard and Schneiderlin

Whether he retains the same formation or reverts to 4-2-3-1 the Portuguese manager will want his team to demonstrate more urgency and accuracy in passing, faster movement, and greater efficiency in front of goal. Chelsea also have individuals who when on form can beat or play around any opponent to overload areas where Southampton are week, especially the flanks, with their pushed-on backs.

Samuel Eto'o's muscle injury on Tuesday evening could not have come at a busier time for the Blues, who face nine matches in December. Happily Fernando Torres returned from a spell on the sidelines the same evening and Demba Ba has been used only sparingly so far this season. Ba has a record of three goals in his two games against Saints for Chelsea. Lampard has netted four times in five league matches.

Southampton have the best defensive record in the top flight, having conceded just seven times compared to Chelsea's and Arsenal's 10. However, there was evidence last weekend that cracks may be appearing in their solid rearguard.

A misjudgement by normally reliable goalie Artur Boruc led directly to the first of two goals for the Gunners last weekend. He may not attempt multiple 'Cruyff turns' against a striker in his own area again, but had elected to do that in response to the Arsenal front four quickly closing down his options when Nathaniel Clyne passed to him. Clyne and Luke Shaw laying the ball back to the keeper is usually the cue for Southampton players to charge upfield.

The second came from the penalty spot after centre-back Jose Fonte foolishly tugged a shirt defending a corner.

Despite the prowling presence of in-form Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and the powerful Rickie Lambert - who netted home and away against the Blues last season - Saints have managed fewer accurate shots than any top-half team and only Manchester United have been caught offside more often.

Mourinho will also hope to unnerve the influential deep-lying midfielder Victor Wanyama, who is one yellow away from a suspension. He has been penalised 32 times for fouls this season - 60 per cent more than the closest Chelsea offenders. The Kenyan was sent off twice playing for Celtic last season, one a two-footed lunge against Rangers. He is one of three summer signings, along with defender Dejan Lovren and striker Dani Osvaldo, who have proved decent investments to date.

Mindful of Wednesday's trip to face a Sunderland side handed 24 hours longer to recover, Mourinho is likely to ring changes in the attacking midfield positions, with Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle, uninvolved in the Basel match, likely candidates for action.

Having been dismayed by the 'falling asleep' that led to Basel's surprising late goal, the Chelsea boss may also shake up his back four, with Ashley Cole a possible returnee, in which case Cesar Azpilicueta could revert to right-back. David Luiz's knee injury has not recovered sufficiently for him to be considered in the centre.

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Saints have avoided defeat in three of their last five visits to the Bridge. They first visited the Bridge in Division Two during the 1924/25 having switched from the Southern League to Third Division South four years earlier.

As with West Ham away, Chelsea's highest score at home to the Hampshire club is 4-0, first managed in the tumultuous 1973/74 season under Dave Sexton. In mid-table Chelsea's ranks was Peter Osgood - the iconic Blue playing one of his last games before a switch south to join Lawrie McMenemy's Southampton.

Young midfielder Ian Britton opened the scoring inside five minutes to set up the visitors' first league defeat since September.

Next, blond bombshell Chris Garland galloped down the left wing, cut inside and fizzed his shot past Eric Martin from distance. That was his first of the season.

Another member of the newish guard, Steve Kember (pictured below), made the result certain with two goals in three minutes. The first was a powerful shot after a corner, the second an alert interception and tap-in from close range. The epitome of the old guard, Peter Bonetti, also celebrated his 600th appearance with a clean sheet.


'Things are beginning to come right now and with these two [Osgood and Tommy Baldwin] showing the way, the other players are coming through to score,' claimed Sexton afterwards, full of praise for the pair's work rate.

Sadly the relationships soon deteriorated again and Ossie was placed on the transfer list alongside Alan Hudson. Osgood eventually left for the Dell in March 1974 in exchange for £275,000 and helped them lift the FA Cup in 1976.

The Saints last came away from Stamford Bridge with maximum points on New Year's Day 2002, when three second-half goals from Marian Pahars, Chris Marsden and James Beattie gave Southampton a stunning 4-2 win. Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had put the Blues 2-1 up after Beattie opened the scoring in the seventh minute.

Chelsea last beat Southampton at home in August 2004 in Jose Mourinho's fourth game in charge. James Beattie opened the scoring in the first minute before scoring an own goal after 34 minutes. Frank Lampard scored the winner with a penalty four minutes before half time. Steve Wigley was the Saints boss.

Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
1996/97 - Chelsea won 1-0
1997/98 - Chelsea won 4-2
1998/99 - Chelsea won 1-0
1999/00 - Drew 1-1
2000/01 - Chelsea won 1-0
2001/02 - Southampton won 4-2
2002/03 - Drew 0-0
2003/04 - Chelsea won 4-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 2-1
2012/13 - Drew 2-2


Other matches last season
5 January 2013 FA Cup third round
Southampton….……..….1 Chelsea………..……5
Rodriguez 21 Ba 35, 61
Moses 45+1
Ivanovic 51
Lampard 82 pen
Att: 27,813

30 March 2013 Barclays Premier League
Southampton……..….…2 Chelsea………..……1
Rodriguez 23 Terry 32
Lambert 34
Att: 31,779

Chelsea v Southampton in all competitions
Games played 91
Chelsea wins 36
Saints wins 29
Draws 26

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 39
Chelsea wins 18
Saints wins 10
Draws 11

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 4-0 Southampton24/11/1973, 01/05/2004
Chelsea 2-6 Southampton02/09/1967

Chelsea beat Saints at the Bridge: 3,382
Saints won at Stamford Bridge:4,352
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,116
Liverpool won the league: 8,611


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Only Southampton (seven) have conceded fewer than Chelsea's 10 goals in 12 league outings.

Chelsea have won 12 and drawn three of our last 15 home Barclays Premier League games since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

We have gained five points with late goals against Norwich, Man City and West Brom.

The Blues are two points behind compared to the corresponding 12 fixtures last season.

Last six results
Oct 29 Arsenal (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Nov 2 Newcastle (a) L 0-2
Nov 6 Schalke (Champions League h) W 3-0
Nov 9 West Brom (h) D 2-2
Nov 23 West Ham (a) W 3-0
Nov 26 Basel (Champions League a) L 0-1

Premier League scorers (21)
Oscar 5, Hazard 4 (1 pen), Lampard 3 (1 pen), Eto'o 2, Ivanovic 1, Mikel 1, Schürrle 1, Terry 1, Torres 1, Willian 1, own goal 1

League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 15

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 4 Dec Sunderland (Premier League) away 7.45pm
Sat 7 Dec Stoke away 3.00pm

Wed 11 Dec

Steaua Bucharest (Champions League) home 7.45pm

If selected, John Terry will make his 593rd appearance and will move ahead of John Hollins as our fourth all-time highest appearance maker. John would also make his 400th Premier League appearance for Chelsea.

Petr Cech will make his 450th start for the Blues. His next clean sheet will be his 150th in the Premier League.

Congratulations to Marco van Ginkel who celebrates his 21st birthday on Sunday and Michael Essien who is 31 on Tuesday (3 December).


Major trophies
1 FA Cup in 1976

Last season
Premier League - 14th
FA Cup - Third round
Capital One Cup - Fourth round

Saints' best season was in 1983/84 when they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the old First Division.

The Saints have won eight points from a possible 18 away from home this season, scoring four goals. The have won at West Brom and Liverpool, drawn at Man Utd and Stoke and lost at Norwich and Arsenal.

The defeat to Arsenal last weekend ended a run of eight league games without defeat when they won 18 from a possible 24 points.

Last weekend at the Emirates was the first time in 15 games Southampton had conceded more than one goal in the Premier League. They have still conceded fewer goals (seven) than any team in the four divisions.

They have gained four points from late goals after the 88th minute.

The Saints have won all six games when opening the scoring in the Premier League this season.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino
Days in charge: 317
Played 31
Won 12
Drawn 11
Lost 8

Season Division Level Pos
2003/04 Premier League 1 12th
2004/05 Premier League 1 20th
2005/06 Championship 2 12th
2006/07 Championship 2 6th
2007/08 Championship 2 20th
2008/09 Championship 2 23rd
2009/10 League One 3 7th
2010/11 League One 3 2nd
2011/12 Championship 2 2nd


Premier League 1 14th

Last six results
Oct 19 Manchester United (a) D 1-1
Oct 26 Fulham (h) W 2-0
Nov 2 Stoke (a) D 1-1
Nov 6 Sunderland (Capital One Cup a) L 1-2
Nov 9 Hull (h) W 4-1
Nov 23 Arsenal (a) L 0-2

Premier League scorers (15)
Lambert 4 (2 pens), Lallana 3, Rodriguez 3, Davis 1, Fonte 1, Lovren 1, Osvaldo 1, Schneiderlin 1.


League games since
An away win: 3
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0

Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5m), Victor Wanyama (Celtic, £12.5m), Dani Osvaldo (Roma, £15m)
Outs Frazer Richardson (Middlesbrough, free), Danny Butterfield (Carlisle, free), Dan Seaborne (Yeovil, free), Ryan Dickson (Colchester, free), Richard Chaplow (Millwall, free), Steve De Ridder (Utrecht, free), Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace, loan), Dean Hammond (Leicester, free), Emmanuel Mayuka (Sochaux, loan), Billy Sharp (Reading, loan).

Michael Oliver was the official in the corresponding fixture last season. His only previous Chelsea game this term was at Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup in September.

There are no suspensions.

Branislav Ivanovic is one domestic booking away from a suspension having received four yellow cards this season.

- Visit again tomorrow for part two of the Briefing.


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Chelsea v Southampton



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 5
    Michael Essien Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution


  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 31
    Substitution Artur Boruc
  • 2
    Nathaniel Clyne
  • 6
    Jose Fonte
  • 5
    Dejan Lovren
  • 23
    Luke Shaw
  • 12
    Victor Wanyama
  • 4
    Substitution Morgan Schneiderlin
  • 16
    Substitution James Ward-Prowse
  • 20
    Adam Lallana
  • 9
    Jay Rodriguez
  • 17
    Pablo Osvaldo


  • 22
    Calum Chambers
  • 25
    Substitution Paulo Gazzaniga
  • 7
    Substitution Rickie Lambert
  • 3
    Maya Yoshida
  • 18
    Jack Cork
  • 8
    Substitution Steven Davis
  • 26
    Jos Hooiveld


Chelsea vs Southampton Highlights

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The Blues move up into second place in the league table thanks to a strong second-half recovery against a Southampton side who took a very early lead.

A mistake led to Jay Rodriguez scoring first but Jose Mourinho's side held their nerve and took the lead with two headed goals from centre-backs early in the second half. Demba Ba had been introduced at half-time and increased the set-piece threat, but Gary Cahill and John Terry were the scorers who put the home team back in front, with Ba adding his name to the scoresheet in open play late on.

Unfortunately Oscar was lost to injury before the interval, but an industrious Chelsea performance with a changed formation overcame that setback and more goals could have been added before Ba made the win safe.

Team News
Michael Essien started his first league game of the season and Juan Mata his first since the defeat at Newcastle a month ago. The Spaniard lined up on the right as the starting team shape returned to 4-2-3-1 after two matches of 4-3-3. Eden Hazard came back in on the left with Fernando Torres the centre-forward.

Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi and Willian, all starters in Basel, were on the bench but Lampard joined the action before half of the game was played.

Southampton made two changes with Dani Osvaldo preferred to Rickie Lambert as their striker. Dejan Lovren was back as Jose Fonte's regular central defence partner with Jos Hooiveld making way.

First half
After the stumble of the draw against West Brom in the last game at the Bridge, and the defeat in Switzerland midweek, a confidence-boosting good start today was highly desirable but the defence and Petr Cech were left helpless by Essien's misjudged volley back towards his keeper with the game barely underway. The ball over the centre-backs dropped into the path of Jay Rodriguez who as long as he kept his composure, couldn't miss.

Chelsea v Southampton

There had probably been less than a minute of Stamford Bridge football between Eden Hazard's penalty equaliser in the last home game, and this blow at the start of this came which came with 13 seconds played.

Chelsea's immediate response was promising. A long pass from Mata didn't fall kindly to Hazard who was well-placed running into the area, and Ramires won a corner that Cahill headed wide.

On nine minutes, Torres glided through the middle and past two Saints players but couldn't get the better of the last man back.

Juan Mata in action against Southampton

Mata fired a dangerous-looking ball in towards the near post after a free-kick had been cleared but Terry the target had been offside. Then after a corner Oscar let fly from outside the area but Artur Boruc beat the ball away, the first save by the keeper on 19 minutes although the flag had gone up for an offside anyway.

Oscar, with his next attack, gave Torres the chance to turn towards goal but the striker was crowded out.

On 25 minutes, Chelsea had Southampton stretched with a sustained attack, but Ramires didn't catch his shot fully and the offside flag yet again put the brakes on play as Mata went for the loose ball, as it did two minutes later when Essien headed a cross over. Despite Southampton's tactic of pressing their opponents high up the pitch, Chelsea were spending a good amount of time on the ball around the Saints' penalty area but we needed to find a way not to be caught offside.

Essien was booked on 32 minutes, the ref deciding he was guilty of simulation inside the Chelsea half.

As the half entered its final 10 minutes Oscar, under challenge, fell and hurt his ankle. He continued on for a few minutes but was then replaced by Frank Lampard, but not before the Brazilian had a header saved low down by Boruc, after a fine piece of work by Torres out wide.

The Saints took their lead into the interval but only thanks to a superb save from their keeper. Boruc scrabbled across to keep out a Torres header that had looked destined to find the bottom corner from the moment he headed Mata's cross

We had seen precious little from the visitors as an attacking force since their goal but some good organisation in their defence and that inspired Boruc contribution was frustrating Jose Mourinho's men.

At half-time, Chelsea's oldest surviving player, John Paton, was the on-pitch guest and the 90-year-old took the mic to call for the 'Chelsea Roar' in the second half and received a huge cheer.

Chelsea v Southampton

Second half
The manager was never likely to take that lying down and made a switch for the start of the second period, Demba Ba asked to join Torres up front in a 4-4-2. Ramires returned to central midfield having taken a wide berth when Oscar came off.

A big roar from the crowd greeted Chelsea winning a corner soon after the restart, the fans keen to play their part in a potential second-half rival. The delivery that followed was disappointing; less so Lampard's free-kick eight minutes into the half that from a considerable way out, forced Boruc to tip over. From the corner that resulted Chelsea took the lead.

Chelsea v Southampton

Mata's corner was played deep to Ivanovic whose header was going wide but was towards Ba. Reacting quickly, the substitute struck a shot against the near post and as it came back inside the six-yard box, Cahill did very well to adjust his body shape and head the ball into the net.

This time Boruc could do nothing about, having been left in the back of his net after reacting to Ba's effort. He also had an injured hand, and after lengthy attempts at repair failed, had to come off.

Thirteen minutes of the half had gone and Boruc's replacement, Paulo Gazzaniga, was left clutching at air five minutes later as Chelsea took the lead. A corner had been cleared initially but when Mata played it back in, Terry's header was perfect, arcing over the keeper and into the far side of the net. The skipper had celebrated going clear as Chelsea's fourth all-time appearance maker with a goal.

Chelsea v Southampton

From then on, the Blues were well on top, and Ba should have made it 3-1 but shot wide after collecting a pass over the top of the defence having stayed onside.

Southampton had got forward more in the second half than the first and in the closing minutes, Mourinho was clearly not happy with some of his team's work off the ball. Osvaldo went wide with a couple of speculative efforts, having become the last of four second-half bookings for the visitors when he caught Mata with a late tackle.

Thankfully, the three points were made safe with 89 minutes played when Demba Ba, scorer of three goals against the Saints last season, nipped in front of Lovren to slide the ball home, after phenomenal persistence in possession by Ramires was eventually rewarded with an opportunity to cross. Now it was a joyous Mourinho as he celebrated the killing of the game.

Chelsea v Southampton

Six minutes stoppage time passed by with little further incident. Chelsea had begun the busy nine-game December with a win.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Essien (Ba h/t), Mata, Oscar (Lampard 41), Hazard; Torres (Mikel 84).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, Schurrle, Willian.
Scorers Cahill 54, Terry 61, Ba 89.
Essien 32.

Southampton (4-2-3-1):
Boruc (Gazzaniga 58); Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin (Lambert 67); Ward-Prowse (S Davis 62), Lallana (c), Rodriguez; Osvaldo.
Unused subs Yoshida, Hooiveld, Chambers, Cork.
Scorer Rodriguez 13 seconds,
Lallana 52, Schneiderlin 64, Rodriguez 71, Osvaldo 85.

Referee Michael Oliver

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...