Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that his side needs to do more to break defensive lines, including hitting better crosses and final passes to create clearer chances.
The Blues suffered another disappointing 2-0 home defeat to the Saints on Boxing Day after losing 1-0 at home to Bournemouth two weeks ago. Frank Lampard’s side were looking to record back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time in over a month against the Saints that are battling relegation.
Republic of Ireland international Michael Obafemi gave Southampton the lead when he curled home a stunning left-footed effort from the edge of the box (31) after Chelsea had lost possession in midfield.
While Redmond doubled Southampton’s lead with 17 minutes to play to secure three points for the south coast club on the road.
Chelsea dominated possession throughout but showed none of the cutting edge that helped them beat Tottenham last time out, allowing Southampton to claim a deserved win which lifts them up to 14th in the Premier League table.
Speaking after the match, Lampard said consistency remains key and his team needs to win more at home quickly if they are to remain in the top four.
He said: ‘It is the same story to the last few home games. We need to do more to break defensive lines, including hitting better crosses and final passes to create clearer chances.
“Consistency remains key and we need to win more at home quickly if we are to remain in the top four. He says the different systems we used today had pros and cons.
“The players do feel a bit of pressure at Stamford Bridge at the moment, with much being made of our home form recently.
“Callum Hudson-Odoi put a lot of effort in today but things didn’t quite come off for him, particularly in the first half. He showed faith in Callum on the back of hard work in training recently, and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead”
Chelsea remain in fourth place and sit just three points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham on the Premier League ahead of a trip to their bitter London rivals Arsenal in their next Premier League fixture at the Emirates on Sunday.