Timo Werner officially announced himself in the Premier League with a superb showing for Chelsea against Southampton, although Frank Lampard’s sides defensive weaknesses once against cost the west London side after they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Southampton.
£52 million summer signing Werner had somewhat surprisingly failed to score in his first four Premier League outings, but opened his account with a superb individual effort on 14 minutes. The German forward brilliantly dummied a Ben Chilwell pass to flummox his man, before racing into the Saints box, evading several challenges and firing low past Alex McCarthy from 14 yards out.
On 27 minutes Werner would net his second and once again it was a finish dripping with quality, the 24-year-old striker racing onto a superb ball around the corner from Jorginho, holding off the challenge of Jan Bednarek, touching the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper before calmly heading home into the open net.
Chelsea looked to be cruising to a comfortable win as the first-half drew towards a close, but the Saints would be handed a lifeline two minutes before the break, talisman Danny Ings finishing clinically after being slipped through by strike partner Che Adams.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side would then pull level 12 minutes into the second-half, Che Adams pouncing on the latest Kepa Arrizabalaga sh*tshow to fire into the roof of the net from close range.
Southampton would be level for only a matter of minutes though, Werner this time turning provider to tee up countryman and fellow summer signing Kai Havertz for a simple tap in from six yards out.
The Blues dropped off as they looked to hold out for the three points, but their inability to defend set-pieces would once again be exposed in injury time, with Jannik Vestergaard glancing home a header to seal a point for the away side.
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Speaking afterwards Lampard, who has previously lamented his sides defensive mistakes, remained somewhat philosophical about his backline’s showing.
“First half some of our football was great. At 2-0 up you want to finish the game off but we allowed them to score before half time and at 2-1 it is a different game,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“In the second half we allowed them to put pressure on us and gain some traction in the game. Obviously we then concede late on and lose the points.
“You can’t split the team between defence and attack. In our first goal you have to give credit to our defence and attack as we worked the ball from back to front.
“It’s the same when you make mistakes and give goals away. You concede as a team. Both have a direct effect on results.”
Chelsea kick off their Champions League campaign with a home clash against Sevilla on Tuesday, before travelling north to face old foes Man United in the Premier League next weekend.