Chelsea's Timo Werner left Saints players behind with his first goals in Premier League football. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com) As...
Chelsea's Timo Werner left Saints players behind with his first goals in Premier League football. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Ask Fantasy football followers, they will tell you how disgusted they are about the blank returns of German import, Timo Werner having led the line for hundreds of thousands of Fantasy Premier League gamers.
Coach Frank Lampard welcomed Southampton to Stamford Bridge with lots of expectations from the side that swept Crystal Palace aside the weekend before the break, naming Christian Pulisic in the starting lineup and and new boy Hakim Ziyech on the bench for a potential debut, Southampton on their part kept shape despite injuries and handed a debut to boyhood fan, Theo Walcott on loan from Everton.
The handwriting on the wall from the blast of the whistle pointed to a straightforward Chelsea win, Timo Werner was quick of the blocks with two brilliant goals, the first with an assist from Ben Chilwell and the second, an example of what to expect from him despite the drought all along, he received the ball at the edge of the box, lobbed the on rushing goalkeeper and muscled through to head home.
Looking like a rout, Southampton had other ideas, with the uncertainties at the back for Chelsea, and Kepe Arizabalaga’s reputation, the Saints kept believing, and just before the break, a collapse at the back handed Danny Ings an opportunity, one he grabbed with both hands, firing through to half the deficit with just two minutes before the break.
The restart proved to be weird to the hosts, Kurt Zouma’s weak back pass to Kepa was intercepted by Che Adams and Kepa’s lunge at the ball proved futile, Danny Ings couldn’t find the net but the rebound landed for Che Adams to slot home for an unprecedented equalizer, much to the bemusement of an animated Frank Lampard on the touch line.
Two minutes after the madness at the back, two goal hero, Timo Werner became provider to Kai Havertz following a sleek move that was started by veteran defender, Ceaser Azpilicueta, the record signing tapped in from close range and Chelsea looked to be in control from there. Ralph Hansellheutl rang few changes but Chelsea looked the likelier to score.
There was time to introduce Hakim Ziyech for his league debut, the Moroccan didn’t impose himself as much as fans would expect but the collapse at the back at the death, not for the first time in the game would be the talking points and a moment for debutant, Theo Walcott; a corner from the left met the former Arsenal winger and he slotted past a hapless Kepa for what he thought was a debut goal but replay showed a slight touch off the head of 6foot6 Jannik Vestergaard. 3:3 it ended, another dropped points for troubled Blues.