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Werner reminds Tuchel of talents, Mount runs midfield and Havertz rewarded with 45-minute rest

CHELSEA got back to winning ways with a 6-0 thrashing against Southampton at St. Mary’s.

Thomas Tuchel’s side went out with a vengeance after a tricky week, and were met with no resistance by a sorry Southampton.

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Werner and Mount were superb against SouthamptonCredit: AP
Havertz was afforded a rest with Chelsea cruising ahead of the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid

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Havertz was afforded a rest with Chelsea cruising ahead of the Champions League second leg against Real MadridCredit: EPA

Goals from Marcos Alonso, two each for Mason Mount and Timo Werner, plus a Kai Havertz strike helped the Blues steamroller the Saints.

And here’s how SIMON PHILLIPS rated the Blues today.

Edouard Mendy – 8

It was a much calmer afternoon for him today than he has been used to in the last couple of matches at least, conceding seven goals.

He didn’t have much to do as his team-mates allowed him to be fairly pressure-free today, but what he did have do, including a fine stop to keep it 5-0, he did it well.

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Andreas Christensen – 8

A composed performance from him and he would also be glad of the break after being ran ragged by Vinicius in mid-week.

His defending was much better today and he was rarely tested.

Thiago Silva – 8

The core of this Chelsea team and he was back to being top quality again as well.

His passing out from the back was superb and his vision helped setup a few of our dangerous attacks.

Very tidy game and at 6-0 up we could even afford to take him off for a rest!

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Antonio Rudiger – 8

A typical Rudiger performance at the back.

He was throwing his weight around and into challenges, not allowing Southampton to generate any real attacks, and his presence and influence in this team was heavily felt once again.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 8

He was asked to play in the unfamiliar role of wing-back today and he was actually superb there.

He was hard-working, didn’t allow his opponents any time on the ball, and he was positively involved with a few of our attacks including an early assist.

Loftus-Cheek was excellent in an unnatural position

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Loftus-Cheek was excellent in an unnatural positionCredit: EPA

N’Golo Kante – 8

He’s been criticised of late but today he was very much back to himself with a fine and busy performance in the middle.

He was up and down the pitch and thankfully was playing a bit deeper than he did in the week, when he looked very uncomfortable.

Mateo Kovacic – 9

He was pulling the strings in there for Chelsea and the one to always get us up the pitch fast with his direct style of play and progressiveness.

Chelsea just look better when he is in the team.

Marcos Alonso – 9

Got the opening goal with a nice finish and he continued to have a positive influence on the game and our possession keeping.

He wasn’t really tested defensively but his attacking contributions were excellent.

Mason Mount – 10

A fresh haircut and bang, the old Mount is back! When I say old, he’s looked off the boil in recent weeks.

But today, he was back to his usual top quality and he really had an influence on all of our positive attacking moves.

Took his goal very well too with a nice strike from outside the box.

Mount marked a fresh new haircut with two goals against Southampton

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Mount marked a fresh new haircut with two goals against SouthamptonCredit: PA

Timo Werner – 10

He was like a new man. Or more accurately, like the RB Leizpzig Werner who we all through we had signed.

He’s struggled at Chelsea a lot, but this afternoon he was one of the best players on the pitch.

He was hungry, direct, was unfortunate not to have a hat-trick to his name in the first half, and he was totally up for this game.

Kai Havertz – 9

Continued his fine form again today and he was on fire and full of confidence, providing flicks, tricks, and also got on the scoresheet once again.

Worked very well alongside his fellow German up top and he was involved in all of Chelsea’s good possession play and attacks.

Very good performance and he was afforded a well-earned rest coming off at half-time.

SUBS

Christian Pulisic for Havertz (HT) – 7

He came on and was very lively and very involved, lacked the same sort of impact as the rest of the attackers who were on absolute fire though.

Reece James for Silva (62 mins) – 7

Came on at the back and helped Chelsea see it through to the end with a clean-sheet. Solid.

Hakim Ziyech for Mount (67 mins) – 7

Looked to get involved straight away and got on the ball a lot and always looked a threat.

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