Mikel Obi gave a solid display as late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic helped Chelsea complete an impressive turnarou...
Mikel Obi gave a solid display as late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic helped Chelsea complete an impressive turnaround victory away at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Even after the hosts had gone ahead through Shane Long’s fine first-half goal, the Blues continued to play with confidence and became the first team to score against Southampton in seven games thanks to Fabregas’ equaliser in the 75th minute.
Ivanovic’s close-range 89th-minute header then secured the victory that likely ends seventh-placed Southampton’s faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The result leaves Saints seven points behind the top four and Chelsea, in 11th, still in pursuit of the top 10, but the additional three points strengthens their sense of momentum in a season that may yet not prove so dreadful.
Southampton’s push for a top-five finish takes a big blow as a result of the defeat, while Chelsea – now with just the one defeat in 15 since Guus Hiddink took charge – are within one point of the top half.