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Chelsea beats Southampton and revives their hopes to face Madrid

Chelsea licked their wounds with a great match against Southampton. Tuchel's men put the game to bed in half an hour and scored a clean sheet to boost their morale ahead of the game against Real Madrid.  

Chelsea are back to winning ways after two terrible games.
Chelsea are back to winning ways after two terrible games.

Chelsea licked their wounds with a comfortable 6-0 win over Southampton to take heart ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.

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The Blues, on their visit to St Mary's, achieved the biggest win in their history against Southampton in a display by Timo Werner, who scored a brace and hit the posts three times, and was helped by Mason Mount, scorer of two goals, and Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz, who completed the rout.

Chelsea put the disaster against Real Madrid behind them with a crushing half-hour in which they destroyed Southampton, a team accustomed to experiencing such a setback at least once a season. Two years ago they were beaten by nine goals by Leicester City and last season by Manchester United, although on both occasions the Saints were shown an early red card that turned their game on its head.

This time, Chelsea were brought back to life by an inspired Timo Werner, who, in 45 minutes, hit the woodwork three times and scored a goal, his first Premier League goal in six months.

Southampton vs Chelsea Highlights 

Marcos Alonso, a substitute against Madrid, opened the scoring when he volleyed in Mason Mount's beautiful pass in the box. The Englishman made the second and the third Werner, who took revenge for his problem with the sticks to take advantage of a bad pass from James Ward-Prowse, dribbling the Southampton goalkeeper and scoring into an empty net. The fourth, before the break, was scored by Kai Havertz when he pushed Werner's third shot against the post into the net.

With the Bernabeu game on his mind, Tuchel replaced Havertz at half-time, who, with the injury to Romelu Lukaku, is guaranteed a starting place in Madrid.

Chelsea were not fazed by the changeover. Werner took advantage of a dead ball into an empty net after Kanté's attempted lob for the fifth, and the sixth was scored by Mason Mount. After 55 minutes, Chelsea were 0-6 up and Tuchel took the opportunity to rest Thiago Silva and Mason Mount.

The result was already more than scandalous and Chelsea slowed down the pace in the last half hour, aware that the important thing will be played on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. This victory, in addition to boosting the team's morale, strengthens the Londoners' third place, who have an eight-point lead over fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Southampton, whose season is practically over, are in thirteenth place with 36 points, 12 above the relegation zone.

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