Chelsea 2 Southampton 2 – Saints comeback extinguishes Blues title hopes
Chelsea got off to a flyer this season and looked every inch like Premier League title contenders, although Wednesday night’s draw with Southampton means they are now thirteen points behind leaders Manchester United.
January 16th, 2013
Rafael Benitez has struggled to win over a large section of Blues supporters following his instalment as interim manager and this result will have done nothing to appease the Stamford Bridge faithful who saw their team relinquish a two-goal lead against a team fighting relegation.
Chelsea were in cruise control at half-time after goals from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard had sent the home side into a 2-0 lead. Ba is looking like the dangerous striker that the west London club have needed all season and will continue to keep Fernando Torres out of the team based on performances such as this one.
However, Southampton came out fighting after the interval and substitute Rickie Lambert reduced the arrears before Jason Puncheon produced a brilliant goal to pull the Saints level and send the visiting supporters into ecstasy.
Fernando Torres replaced Frank Lampard much to the disdain of the Chelsea supporters, with the Spaniard operating on the right flank and Ba looking to feed off scraps in the centre. However, they couldn’t find a winner and will instead focus on finishing in the Premier League top four this season.