Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has accused defender Kurt Zuma of “Switching off” for the host Opening goal in the Blues 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s Park on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Tuchel’s undefeated start remained intact with the result, but the German cut a frustrated figure on the touchline.
The Saints opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after Nathan Redmond split Chelsea’s defense with an incisive shot and Liverpool loan officer Takumi Minamino kept his cool with a sublime finish.
Mason Mount leveled the game from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box by Danny Ings and the points were shared as the game ended in a draw.
Analysing Minamino’s goal, Cole told BT Sport: “It was a lovely one-two from Redmond and as the ball gets played in, now you’re talking about margins in football.
“Azpilicueta has a look to see where Danny Ings is so it’s a good play. He’s trying to switch on, he’s trying to marshal his defence.
“I feel for Kurt, when you’re in the middle of a back-three you can sometimes switch off because there’s nobody to mark but switching off is exactly what he does.
“Minamino recognizes there’s just an inch of space and he runs into it and then it’s all about the quality of pass.”