Chelsea had to come from behind to secure a point against Southampton in a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
The Blues came into this fixture on a five-match winning run and with one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League tie away at Atletico Madrid, while the Saints had lost their last six games in the Premier League.
It was Chelsea who dominated the ball in the first half, but Takumi Minamino was able to give Southampton the lead in the 33rd minute.
Nathan Redmond played an excellent pass for the Japanese playmaker, who sat down Cesar Azpilicueta and Edouard Mendy in the area before firing into the back of the net with the outside of his right foot.
Southampton then came under a sustained period of pressure either side of the break, with Mohammed Salisu impressing in particular, but Chelsea eventually grabbed an equaliser in the 54th minute.
Danny Ings was late tackling Mason Mount and the referee did not hesitate in pointing to the penalty spot. Mount then stepped up and converted from 12 yards.
Chelsea continued to dominate the ball but rarely carved out clear-cut opportunities, as Southampton held on to secure a vital point to end their torrid run. Thomas Tuchel will be disappointed that his team couldn’t secure a victory before their trip to Madrid.
In the Premier League table, Southampton are 13th on 30 points while Chelsea are fourth on 43 points, although they could find themselves behind West Ham and Liverpool before the end of the weekend.