Late goals from Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell helped Chelsea get back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over ten-man Southampton.
For much of Saturday’s game against Southampton, Chelsea looked worried about a potentially humiliating 1-1 draw, but the match ended with goals from Werner and Chilwell for a comfortable victory.
Having got a point at the Etihad Stadium, Saints were close this time against another title contender until a yellow card for Tino Livramento’s challenge on Jorginho was upgraded to red following a VAR review.
After this, Chelsea made good use of the extra space, and chances became more common.
Romelu Lukaku had a goal ruled out for offside before Werner saw his effort chalked off in much more controversial fashion, VAR pulling the play back for a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta much earlier in the build-up, an entire 19 seconds before.
And having lost 0-1 to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek after their unbeaten league start was ended by Manchester City, Werner and Chilwell’s late strikes ensured Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge.
Southampton now go into the October international break without a win after seven Premier League games, nine including the end of last season, which equals their worst winless run under the manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said after the game: “It was deserved but it was a long way to go [to get it]. I liked the game, it was very entertaining with two intense sides. I liked the energy and the attitude. In the end we finally got the result right which is always the challenge and the target. It was a late one but a deserved one.”