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MetiNews.Com - The 3-3 draw with Southampton showed that Chelsea's attacking riches matter little when the defence is so keen on self-sabotage
Breaking News ! Whisper it but Timo Werner could be quite a good signing for Chelsea. The Germany forward may have needed five games to score his first Premier League goal but this dazzling display, on another topsy-turvy afternoon where defending seemed optional at both ends, explained why so many eyebrows were raised when Liverpool allowed the West London side to swoop for him in June. There's just one problem. Werner is playing for a team intent on self-sabotage, a side unable to go more than 90 minutes without a sloppy error at the back that overwrites all the exciting play up front and a goalkeeper, albeit no longer first choice, whose confidence has been smashed to smithereenes. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Kepa Arrizabalaga was not the sole figure of blame as Frank Lampard's team allowed 2-0 and 3-2 leads slip away - the midfield disappeared in the second half, Kurt Zouma had a shocker for Southampton's second goal - but the Spaniard was a huge part of the issue. Beyond the individual mistakes, it is also clear that the defenders in front of him do not have much belief and Edouard Mendy's recovery from a minor thigh injury cannot be completed quick enough. Still, Lampard must be wondering if it was wise to include the £72million man instead of Willy Caballero. The head coach has known for a long time that Kepa's self-belief is shot and spoke last month of him needing some time out of the spotlight. And yet.... It was also a shame that this latest collapse, sealed by Jannik Vestergaard's long-range finish in added time to make it 3-3, put Werner's performance firmly in the shade. The 24-year-old, ended up with two goals and an assist, although he really created his first too with a moment of ingenuity.
. Jan Bednarek tried to close him down but Werner turned and stepped over the ball, which then went through the Southampton centre back's legs. Bednarek may have turned with the speed of a tanker but Werner still had plenty to do, biding his time carefully inside the area, skipping away from James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu, before finding a sufficient gap to finish past Alex McCarthy. Neither Bednarek nor the goalkeeper covered themselves in glory for Werner's second, created by a sublime first-time ball over the top from Jorginho, but the former RB Leipzig man still needed to show his physical strength to get in front of the former and impressive composure to lift the ball over the latter before heading into the empty net. At that juncture it looked like plain-sailing for Chelsea before the defensive flimsiness returned with a vengeance. Kai Havertz may have scored Chelsea's third, which had looked like being the match-winner, but he coughed up possession far too easily for Southampton's first goal, finished by Danny Ings, while Zouma and Arrizabalga were equally cuplable for the mess that led to a deserved first equaliser.
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Southampton's press was more effective after the break and they dominated in midfield. But the French defender's back pass under pressure was far too soft, Kepa failed to react with enough urgency and he then made a futile attempt to get back and deny Che Adams at the near post. Southampton's third came after Zouma rose to head a set piece from the left away. It ended up at the feet of Vestergaard from about 22 yards. The home defence were once more slow to react and his daisy-cutter went through a cluster of bodies in the penalty area, across Kepa and into the bottom left corner. This was an afternoon in which one of Chelsea's headline summer signings truly arrived in English football only for those familiar failings to overwrite all positives. Lampard's attacking riches will never get the rewards that they clearly deserve as long as those behind them produce such folly.
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