Wednesday 22 January 2020

Obafemi's goal has boss Hasenhuttl dancing

Chelsea 0 Southampton 2

SUPER SAINTS: Michael Obafemi. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
SUPER SAINTS: Michael Obafemi. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea's stuttering home form could push him towards January recruitment.

Chelsea slipped to consecutive home Premier League defeats for the first time in eight years with the 2-0 loss to Southampton yesterday.

Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond struck to sink the Blues, who suffered their sixth loss in 15 Stamford Bridge matches in all competitions this term.

Chelsea can make January additions after their FIFA transfer ban was lifted on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and manager Lampard has conceded bolstering his squad remains in his thoughts.

Asked if frustrating losses like the Saints defeat would nudge him closer towards the January transfer market, Lampard said: "I learn about the players, particularly in games like that I suppose."

"Games that turn out to be difficult are a test of character as much as they are quality. They are a test of both.

Not since successive losses to Arsenal and Liverpool in October and November 2011 had Chelsea tasted back-to-back Premier League defeats at Stamford Bridge.

"It's the same story as after Bournemouth," said Lampard. "And the same story of the last few home games.

"I said after Spurs that we need to reproduce that kind of performance.

"And I'll probably give you the exact same press conference as after Bournemouth to be fair, because it's exactly the same situation.

"We have to mix up our game and break defensive lines, because teams aren't stupid.

"People are respecting us as Chelsea but we're not playing like the Chelsea that can break that down."

Southampton have now won four of their last six Premier League matches, leaving boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hailing his players for restoring the right mentality.

The charismatic Austrian leapt onto the pitch when Obafemi put Saints into the lead and while he was sorry for leaving his technical area he made no apology for his passion.

When told he had danced his way onto the pitch to toast Obafemi's goal, Hasenhuttl replied: "Did I? Sorry for that; sorry for leaving the coaching zone.

"But I was so happy, it was a fantastic goal for Michael. I think for us all it was a fantastic day."

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