Irish Sunday Mirror|March 14, 2021
Saints gift ‘sloppy’ Chelsea a spot of relief

THOMAS TUCHEL is still unbeaten as Chelsea boss – but it did not feel like it after this setback on the south coast.

Although Tuchel’s Blues came from behind at St Mary’s, the German deemed it two points very much lost in their bid for Champions League football.

Not for the first time this season, the visitors had the inspirational Mason Mount to thank, as he rescued them with a second-half penalty after on-loan Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino had fired Southampton ahead.

But Tuchel, who brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi at the break only to sub him just 30 minutes later, fumed: “Clearly, this is a missed opportunity. We had the chances to make another win and it would have been deserved.

“We were good for 80 metres but in the last 20 metres, I was not happy.

We weren’t decisive enough and our decisionm a king wasn’t good enough. If you need a penalty to score, it tells the story.

“Conceding that goal wasn’t a problem for me but in attack, we were sloppy and missed the aggression to finish the game.”

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