Saturday saw a fine brand of football return in what turned out to be late drama at St. Mary's Stadium, where Chelsea faced off against Southampton. The hosts took advantage after 20 minutes as ex-Chelsea fullback Ryan Bertrand went flying down the left wing and evaded the challenge of Cesar Azplicueta. They were his first Premier League goals for Chelsea.
The home club took the 1-0 edge into halftime before doubling its lead in the 60th minute. His first touch allowed two defenders to catch him, but he twisted clear and forced an acrobatic save from Thibaut Courtois after the Republic of Ireland forward's shot hit his standing leg.
City's second three minutes later was a contentious penalty awarded for a tackle outside the box on Sterling, who dived into the box, by Spurs keeper Lloris.
But a brace from Giroud in the 70th and 78th minutes sandwiched in a goal from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea all three points. McCarthey, on hand to get to Willian and hazard's efforts. Again the simple curling ball from the byline, this time by Morata, was met full on the head by Giroud, who directed the ball low and wide of McCarthy to reduce the deficit. He ripped in the go-ahead score from about 18 yards out. Speaking after the London derby, Rudiger was quoted as saying: "I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off)".
The two sides will meet again in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Southampton will do well to raise themselves for Cup glory, with their place in the league next season looking ever more shaky. Replays showed Mike Dean must have seen the incident and how the Spaniard escaped a card of any sort was very surprising. Alvaro Morataa scored against Leicester and Tottenham.
"My task is to try to always pick the best starting 11", he said.
Zaha restored the two-goal advantage with a bullet header from Milivojevic's flawless cross and, in a frenetic opening 45 minutes, Jose Izquierdo struck with a fine finish for the visitors.
The Blues face Burnley FC at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday at Turf Moor in Burnley, England.