Saints give ‘soft’ Chelsea new misery

Thomas Tuchel has urged the ‘soft’ Chelsea to step up after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for Tuchel’s side midway through the first half to give St Mary’s the lead.

England forward Sterling scored from close range in the 23rd minute, his third goal in two games.

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However, Chelsea had missed many chances before Sterling’s first goal, and not for the first time in Tuchel’s reign, their rude finish haunted them.

Romeo Labia equalized in the 28th minute with Southampton’s first goal after Chelsea failed to clear a corner.

Adam Armstrong put Southampton ahead on the stroke of half-time, caught a pass from Romain Perrault and swiped past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.

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After losing 3-0 to Leeds United on the previous trip, Chelsea failed to provoke a reaction after suffering their second defeat in three games.

“Soft, soft, soft defense. We don’t have to give shots. We just strengthen as a team and show a different mentality,” Tuchel said.

The Blues have just won two of their first five games and are five points clear of leaders Arsenal after their win against Aston Villa yesterday.

With several more signings due before today’s transfer deadline and a significant increase in near-season spending, Chelsea are struggling to find lasting momentum.

It’s too early to rule him out of title contention, but Tuchel appears concerned about the team’s recent sloppiness.

“It’s just too easy to throw us off balance, beat us up, mess us up. Too easy. It happened against Leeds. We need to understand why and find a solution,” said Tuchel. says Mr. “We lose focus, we lose planning, we lose coherence. I don’t understand why there were so many injuries.”

“You don’t have to give half-chances when you’re leading. It’s a shame we didn’t get an answer in the second half,” he said.

Serie A

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Paulo Dybala on Tuesday topped AS Roma in Serie A with a double-goal win over AC Monza 3-0.

Argentina’s Dybala scored two goals in the first 32 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico to take unbeaten Roma to 10 points from their first four games before reaching a goal of the century in Italy’s top league.

A Roger Ibanez header from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s corner gave Roma two points ahead of third-placed AC Milan after the champions ended in a goalless draw at US Sassuolo.

“I really wanted to score the goal. Thankfully it happened in front of the fans, so I’m really happy,” Dybala told DAZN, adding that it was “too early to talk” about the title challenge. rice field.

When asked what was his favorite goal out of 100 in Italy’s top league, Dybala smiled broadly and replied, “My next goal.”

DFB Pokal

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Timo Werner scored a first-half hat-trick as DFB-Pokal leaders RB Leipzig beat fourth division Teutonia Ottensen 8-0 in the first round on Tuesday.

Werner, the club’s all-time top scorer, scored twice in 60 seconds to give Leipzig a two-goal lead after 20 minutes.

Werner scored a hat-trick in the 43rd minute with a pass from Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg.

“It was fun. These are one of the most disgusting games because you have to win and you don’t get any compliments,” Werner told ZDF.

Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco said Werner was “on a very good path to achieving a very good form” after returning from Chelsea earlier this month.

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