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MetiNews.Com - Two of the most unwanted characteristics of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have been their goalkeeping vulnerability and their unrivalled ability to turn games they are cruising through into a struggle. Both were on show in abundance here, combining either side of half-time here as Danny Ings’ cool finish gave Southampton hope in a game they had hardly had a kick in before Kepa
Breaking News ! Two of the most unwanted characteristics of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have been their goalkeeping vulnerability and their unrivalled ability to turn games they are cruising through into a struggle. Both were on show in abundance here, combining either side of half-time here as Danny Ings’ cool finish gave Southampton hope in a game they had hardly had a kick in before Kepa Arrizabalaga’s latest gaffe gifted them their first leveller after the break. Lampard made the decision to go with Kepa over Willy Caballero in the absence of the injured Edouard Mendy, but it is revealing nothing new to note that the Spaniard’s confidence is clearly shot, as emphasised once more in the bizarre decision-making that led to his non-attempt to deal with Kurt Zouma’s admittedly poor back-pass. It looked like Kai Havertz, a wonderfully graceful, moody footballer - who like his countryman Werner looks better every week - had gotten them off the hook, but deep into stoppage time Theo Walcott marked one of the most unremarkable debuts imaginable by setting up Jannik Vestergaard to make it 3-3. (Pool via REUTERS) Werner stars before Saints revival Timo Werner announced his arrival in English football with two wonderfully taken goals that looked to have set the Blues well on their way to victory. The former RB Leipzig man has looked sharp in almost every appearance since his summer arrival, but this was a breakout performance as he finally got off the mark in the Premier League after four barren outings. Read more Chelsea 3-3 Southampton: Latest result reaction from Lampard- LIVE! A menace from the first minute, the German had the ball in the net with a smart near-post header, only to be denied by the flag, but he would not have to wait long. For the opener, the dummy with which he sold Jan Bednarek up the river was outrageous, the pace with which he raced away frightening, the finish – after he appeared to have dallied – clinical. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Bednarek was clearly rattled because when Jorginho spooned a high pass in behind soon after, he hesitated, allowing Werner to get between him and the ball and from there it was more ruthless stuff, the ball lifted playfully over Alex McCarthy and nodded home.
. Bednarek will be having sleepless nights for some time, but by the time the season’s done you sense he won’t be alone.
Chilwell proves value for club and country
Ben Chilwell missed all three of England’s games over the past fortnight, through various reasons relating to fitness, illness and foolishness, but either side of the international break he has offered reminders of his importance to Gareth Southgate’s side.
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The 23-year-old’s debut against Crystal Palace earlier this month was marked with a goal and he almost had another early on here, forcing Alex McCarthy into a smart stop inside three minutes. It was his cross that set up Werner’s disallowed effort and the pace on his pass that allowed the German to humiliate Bednarek for the opener.
The balance England missed is exactly what Chilwell brought Chelsea in the first half at least, offering the attacking threat of Marcos Alonso without the defensive liability and allowing Mason Mount to drift inside without sacrificing the Blues’ attacking width. The inclusion of the more defensively-minded Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back gives him more licence, too, and Lampard was animated in his technical area encouraging him to use it.
England muddled through the break with four different players trying to fill the void on the left flank, three of them right-footed, and whether Southgate settles on a back three or four, Chilwell’s presence is surely a necessity.
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