PLAYER RATINGS: Chalobah impresses, Timo Werner scores as Chelsea has two goals disallowed.

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Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have returned to their winning ways and the top of the Premier League table with a victory over winless Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeats to Manchester City last weekend and Juventus earlier this week.

Youngster Trevor Chalobah opened the scoring for the hosts, with Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell also scoring for Chelsea.

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James Ward-Prowse converted a penalty but was later sent off via VAR for a dangerous challenge on Jorginho.

CHELSEA

Edouard Mendy 7

Only one save of note in a mostly trouble-free first-half,when he dived full-length to hold a deflected shot from Adam Armstrong. No chance with Ward-Prowse’s penalty.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

Full of energy at right-wing back, delivered early low crosses to set up chances for Werner and Lukaku, but fouled Walker-Peters in the build-up to Werner’s header, which was ruled out by VAR. Decisive cross to set up Werner’s late goal.

Thiago Silva 7

Usual composed self, including one impudent chip over Theo Walcott’s head. Rarely ruffled at the back, but booked early in the second half for upending Redmond in midfield.

Antonio Rudiger 7

Usual Rudiger performance – powerful at the back, and one barnstorming run forward, supplying Lukaku to shoot home in the 36th minute only to be given offside.

Ben Chilwell 8

First start of the season. Got forward well from left-wing back, and denied a goal in the 26th minute by McCarthy’s outstretched leg, and had another shot saved soon afterwards. Conceded penalty from which Southampton equalised, but scored in the closing stages with a superb volley.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6

Also in for first start of the season in central midfield. One powerful volley just wide in the 22nd minute. Always keen to drive forward, but did not always find the right final pass. Replaced by Ross Barkley late on.

Trevoh Chalobah 8

Another fine display by the academy graduate. Recalled for his first start since playing in the win over Aston Villa three weeks ago and opened the scoring with a diving header. Composed in defence, too.

Mateo Kovacic 6

Busier but not much better than in recent games. Broke up play well but his passing was mostly off target. Replaced by Jorginho in the 73rd minute.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 6

Promoted to the starting line-up and played on the left. Denied a goal scoring chance by a superb tackle from Livramento before half-time. Replaced by Mount in the 65th minute.

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Romelu Lukaku 6

Denied an early goal by Jan Bednarek’s brilliant block, and then strayed offside when Rudiger set him up for his 36th minute ‘goal’ that was correctly ruled out. Inadvertently blocked a goalbound effort from Chilwell. Another goalless game for the £97.5m man.

Timo Werner 8

Recalled after being dropped against Juventus, and scored a decisive goal. Had two shots saved superbly by Alex McCarthy. Header disallowed in the first-half but made no mistake turning in Azpilicueta’s late cross to put Chelsea back in the lead.

Subs:

Mason Mount (for Hudson-Odoi 65) 7

Set up by Werner but shot straight at McCarthy.

Jorginho (for Kovacic 73) 6

Most significant impact was being fouled for Ward-Prowse’s red card.

Ross Barkley (for Loftus-Cheek 83) 7

Instant impact to set up Werner’s winner with superb crossfield pass to Azpilicueta.

Thomas Tuchel 8

Made decisive changes after the midweek defeat at Juventus and was rewarded with a first win in three games. Booked for protesting when Werner’s header was disallowed in the first half.

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