Chelsea‘s wretched home form continues as they threw away a two-goal lead to Premier League strugglers Southampton tonight, to draw 2-2.
Chelsa’s have only won one of their last seven games, and any chance they had of catching the Man City and Man United has surely gone now. Chelsea will 42 points, are six behind City and 13 adrift of United.
It started so well for Chelsea when they went ahead after 25 minutes, when Demba Ba scored his third goal since arriving at the start of the January transfer window.
Frank Lampard did the hard work on the right flank, holding off the visiting defense before Cesar Azpilicueta whipped in a cross that Oscar headed on for Ba to slice into the net.
Chelsea were in total control of the game and went two-up when Ramires hit the bar after pouncing on a loose ball and Hazard met the rebound and buried it in the net.
But the game changed in the 55th minute when Southampton replaced Jay Rodriguez with Rickie Lambert in the 55th and the comeback was on three minutes later when Lambert headed in his 10th goal of the season after connecting with Nathaniel Clyne’s precise cross.
The Chelsea fans were then stunned into silence when Puncheon volleyed past Cech after Luke Shaw was allowed to run down the Chelsea flank unchallenged before crossing the ball into the box.
The mood of the Chelsea fans, still reeling from the news earlier in the day that Pep Guardiola had signed with Bayern Munich, was not made any better when fans’ favorite Frank Lampard was replaced by the misfiring Fernando Torres.
And the Spanish striker summed up the miserable night for Chelsea fans when he missed the Blues best chance to produce a winner, somehow missing the target after being set up by Mata.