Werner with two art goals, but personal mistakes cost Chelsea dearly – VG

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(Chelsea – Southampton 3-3) Goalkeeper Timo Werner (24) has woken up. At home against Southampton, he opened the goal account in the Premier League, and showed why Chelsea paid just over 460 million kroner for him. Shaky defensive play, however, cost the home team dearly.

The German left RB Leipzig as the club’s highest scoring player of all time this summer, but did not exactly fly out of the starting blocks in the English capital.

But against Southampton it loosened up – in a beautiful way.

Two pearls

After 14 minutes, he was denied his first Premier League goal after being deflected offside, but only a minute later he got his goal. A hard pass from another summer signing, Ben Chilwell, had so much speed in him that Werner could only jump over the ball and catch it on the other side.

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Southampton stopper Jan Bednarek went five on, and Werner stormed towards goal.

He pulled in, past a couple of other Southampton players and placed the ball in control in goal. The relief of having finally opened the goal account in Chelsea Blue was clear, but the German was far from finished.

DESTROYED: Timo Werner became the fifth German to score for Chelsea. Michael Ballack, Marko Marin, André Schürrle and Antonio Rüdiger are the first four. Photo: BEN STANSALL / POOL

About a quarter of an hour later, he started in the usual way in the back room, and Jorginho found the new spearhead. He took it with him to the goal, lobbet the Lionel Messi-style over Alex McCarthy, took it again and headed the ball into goal.

See the score – picture by picture – in the gallery below:

Lost 2-0 lead

Chelsea had full control for a long time, but were severely punished for personal mistakes.

Kai Havertz lost the ball inside his own half, and Frank Lampard’s men were severely punished. Che Adams played free high scorer Danny Ings, who elegantly rounded Kepa Arrizabalaga and put the ball in goal.

Chelsea continued to make mistakes after the break, and were again punished. Kurt Zouma seemed to have good control in a race duel with Che Adams, but was sloppy with the support pass to his own goalkeeper. Adams chased, Kepa missed the ball, and after a while inside the box, Adams hammered the ball into the net.

Chelsea have now conceded five goals due to personal errors this season. That’s the most in the Premier League.

PAY FOR THE STRUGGLE: Kepa got tough working conditions alone with Danny Ings (left) and Che Adams. The latter got paid for the running Photo: Ben Stansall / POOL / AFP POOL

But shortly after, Havertz made up for the mistake in the first setback. Werner was again involved when he was played free on the right. Instead of finishing and going for the hat trick, he played across to compatriot Havertz, who easily put the ball in goal.

Thus, he also opened the goal account in the Premier League.

In other words, Werner was very influential for Chelsea this Saturday, but he could not do much for the defensive shake that characterizes Lampard’s team.

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Overtidssmell

In overtime of the match, at one point Chelsea seemed to have good control, Southampton got a free kick. Ex-Chelsea striker Ryan Bertrand was cleared, but no further than to Theo Walcott in the return room. In his second Premier League debut for “The Saints”, 14 years after the first, he knocked. The shot was not particularly good, but became a goal-scoring pass when Jannik Vestergaard extended the ball with his head – and put in the equalizer.

DANISH DYNAMIT: Here Jannik Vestergaard has just scored the 3-3 goal – something the Soton players cheered unrestrained for. Foto: Mike Hewitt / POOL / GETTY POOL

3-3 results are not too common, but this is Chelsea’s second 3-3 match this season. They could have climbed past Liverpool on the table with a victory here, but the collapse means that they are in 6th place – five points behind league leader Everton. And since a whole bunch of teams still have the benefit of playing this weekend, they can quickly end up even further down the table.

For Southampton’s part, a draw at Stamford Bridge was more than a victory – and at the time of writing they are in 10th place, the point behind Chelsea.

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