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Southampton 1-1 Chelsea: Mount spot kick deny saints victory as spoils are shared

Southampton ends a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium.

Takumi Minamino put the home side forward with a clinical finish, but they were pegged back in the second half when Mason Mount scored from the penalty spot.

Jannik Vestergaard hit the bar, while Reece James flashed an effort over as neither side could create the quality to find a winner.

Southampton is next in action against Leeds United on the road on Tuesday. Chelsea takes on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano on the same day.

Thomas Tuchel must be so grateful for Mason Mount.

The much-maligned midfielder won and scored the penalty which won Chelsea a stalemate draw at Southampton on Saturday afternoon, underlining why he has quickly become one of the new Chelsea manager’s most trusted players.

However, Mount’s goal contribution wasn’t enough to secure three precious points for the Blues in their bid for a top-four finish. He got intensified but none of his more vaunted or expensive team-mates followed suit, meaning Chelsea failed to capitalise on their 71 per cent share of possession.

Consequently, fans are allowed to ask the question: where are all Chelsea’s supposed match-winners?

The game at St Mary’s should strengthen some of the unrealistic intentions suddenly surrounding Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea isn’t suddenly on an unstoppable rise towards the summit of the Premier League table just because they replaced Frank Lampard with Tuchel in late-January.

There are still issues to resolve, as Takumi Minamino marked when he pierced a hole in the Blues’ reinforced armour by opening the scoring 33 minutes in with a cheeky finish after leaving Cesar Azpilicueta and Edouard Mendy on their behinds.

The clever may have come against the run of play but it was an undeniable instance of how a high-pressing team can hurt Chelsea, especially when they switch off for a split-second at the back and in midfield, as they are still liable to do.

Still, the dropped points owed further to a lack of fluidity in attack than negligence in defence. Tuchel is well aware of their attacking problems but while he has Chelsea conceding fewer goals, he is still trying to work out how to get them scoring more.

Chelsea’s lack of game-winners cost them two points at Southampton. It could clarify even more important in the coming weeks, with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United up next for the Blues.

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