Chelsea have taken sole possession of 2nd place in the Premier League standings after getting the better of Southampton 3-1, in a game which saw the balance of play change favour in each half. In a classic case of two halves, Southampton were dominant throughout the first half and went in with a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, through Jay Rodriguez’s goal.
The tactical acumen of Jose Mourinho was on display in the 2nd half, as the substitutions he made had an impact on the match result. Chelsea leveled through a scrappy Gary Cahill equaliser. John Terry made a captain’s contribution by helping his team take the lead near the hour mark and Demba Ba wrapped things up, with a goal late on in the 90th minute. The win saw Chelsea close the gap to Arsenal to 4 points once again, while Southampton dropped to 7th place, having lost ground after consecutive defeats in the capital.