When you have the pace of Werner, you don’t need to be hanging on the shoulder of the last defender and the striker wasn’t but soon found himself ahead in the race for the ball, positioning his body cleverly in front of Bednarek as the pass dropped out of the sky.
If that was clever, the rest was class – a nonchalant flick over the onrushing McCarthy and a gentle nod into the unguarded net. Turbo Timo had the Blues racing into a two-goal lead before half hour had been played!
Saints steal a march before half-time
Lampard’s men were cruising, the front four combining brilliantly and looking likely to score every time they ventured forward, while the team’s counter-pressing when possession was lost was particularly impressive and influential in suffocating Southampton.
Kurt Zouma has started the season in prolific goalscoring form for a centre-back, having netted at Brighton and last time out against Crystal Palace, and the Frenchman would have had a third of the campaign were it not for the agile reflexes of McCarthy, who pushed away the defender’s powerful header from Chilwell’s inswinging corner.
It looked like being a case of when, not if, Chelsea would add a third to their tally but the Premier League so often has the habit of luring you into a false sense of security and Southampton stung the hosts two minutes before the interval.