Chelsea poor performance continue in loss to Southampton as pressure on Graham Potter grows

Chelsea lost 1-0 to bottom-of-the-table Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, putting even more pressure on manager Graham Potter.

Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse struck a free-kick shortly before halftime to give his relegation-threatened team a 1-0 win at Chelsea Bridge.

Azpilicueta took a kick to the head in a goalmouth fight and required roughly 10 minutes of treatment on the field in the second half. Both teams’ physios raced to his help, and the Spaniard was finally taken away on a stretcher.

Chelsea looked more lively in the second half with the introductions of Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz, who put the Southampton defense under pressure.

Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu was kept busy and in the dying seconds of added time produced a fingertip save from substitute Conor Gallagher.

The setback, which leaves Chelsea with just one victory in ten games this calendar year, caps off a bad week for the west London side, which also included a late away defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

Chelsea is in 10th place with 31 points after 23 games, 10 points behind the top four.

Potter joined Chelsea from Brighton in September to replace Thomas Tuchel, but after investing significantly in the January transfer window, he has unable to restore the club’s fortunes.

Meanwhile, Southampton remain in last place but move to three points from safety and are led by caretaker coach Ruben Selles after Nathan Jones was sacked a week ago.

“It has been a tough season for us,” Ward-Prowse told the BBC. “We have lacked a bit of consistency in all aspects of our game. Ruben has come in this week and been fantastic. He has steadied the ship and calmed everyone down.”

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