The Blues are aiming for their sixth straight win when they face beleaguered Southampton this afternoon

If you have at least five players, a defensive injury crisis and six straight defeats, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was the last to face Chelsea, who are the best team in the Premier League after Manchester City

Thomas Tuchel has seen tremendous improvements in Chelsea’s results since joining Frank Lampard, unlike today’s hosts who have been on a downward spiral since their win against Liverpool in early January and are only four points ahead – that gap is now 27 and they are four before 17 Place in Newcastle

Hasenhuttl’s position seems to be at St Mary’s to be sure but he desperately needs to stop the rot while Chelsea move to one point short of third with another win

24min: Alonso – he is right in the middle of the action – falls on his ankle from the ball. He stands up and seems to be walking away, but Chilwell wants to warm up just in case

22min: Zouma spots Alonso with a fantastic long ball forward that the defender controls on his knee but delayed so Southampton can clear The corner routine goes nowhere and there is another shrug from Tuchel

Chelsea sees the whole ball in such a way that the visitors come by again

Mount, the youth Portsmouth fan who scored here last season, seems key to breaking that defense in Southampton, England international accelerates every time the ball finds his feet

17min: Werner tries to pick Alonso on the left, but 1) the passport to overheat and 2) Alonso needs an age to collect it, and he gets out of the game Tuchel is the picture of frustration

14 min: Southampton cannot enter the ball. Edge moves in half and easily dodges some challenges before McCarthy collects his cross

9min: Werner started here lively. Playing well in the mix and combination At the beginning of this season he scored twice against Southampton

James takes out his full-back on the opposite flank and Alonso shoots a volley just wide of the far post

Chelsea will be pretty encouraged with how Southampton has positioned themselves on the right

Without Walker-Peters, central defender Bednarek is right-back, while the unpredictable Djenepo stands in front of him. Alonso and Werner have bonded well to the left of Chelsea and will introduce themselves here

“I have a feeling that N’Golo Kante will help in every game It’s a pure pleasure to have the man in the squad What we see in training is fantastic

“We have three strong midfielders in Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, and I’m very happy, they are the core of our game and I want to have at least two of them on the field

“Tammy Abraham was lucky not to be hurt You were lucky enough not to be in pain He was able to train yesterday so that we could aggressively field the same team as in the last game ”

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