Chelsea’s troubled season took another turn for the worse on Saturday when Southampton inflicted a fourth loss in eight games of Jose Mourinho’s Premier League title defense.
Southampton seized on defensive frailties to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, leaving Chelsea 10 points behind fledgling leader Manchester City and only four points above the relegation zone.
Two of Chelsea’s losses have come at home where Mourinho had only been beaten once in the league before this season across his two spells as manager.
Willian sent the champions into a 10th-minute lead by curling in a free kick, but Steven Davis leveled before half time. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle sealed Southampton’s win after the break.