Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea were saved again by a penalty shootout after another below-par attacking performance for 90 minutes, the third time this season and the second straight time in the Carabao Cup, it's becoming a custom and they're luckily getting away with it.
The named squad for the game were fringe players and a few first team regulars, which could be the reason why the club struggled against the Saints, aside that since coming to England, Thomas Tuchel Chelsea have struggled in three games against Southampton, two draws and one win, won via a red card and late turnaround.
It is the third time Chelsea will win a tie via penalty shootout this season. The first of those encounters ensured they won the UEFA Super Cup. They were tied 1-1 with Europa League winners Villarreal but won 7-6 on penalties. The other two have come in the Carabao Cup, 4-3 wins over Aston Villa and Southampton after 1-1 regular time draws.
Chelsea's £71m goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was in goal for all three encounters, he came on in the 119th minute in the Super Cup tie but started both Carabao Cup ties. He has now saved and won eight penalty shoot-outs for Chelsea since joining in 2018, better than club legend Petr Cech.