KOEMAN: CHELSEA DEFENCE HAS LOST QUALITY
The Saints boss wants to take advantage of the
Blues defensive frailties and questioned the
Champions' defensive confidence and mentality.
Ronald Koeman says Chelsea's defence has
lost some of its quality this season and he
hopes Southampton can take advantage of that
at Stamford Bridge.
The defending Premier League champions have
been uncharacteristically shaky at the back this
season, with mistakes creeping into their game
and affecting their start to the campaign.
After coming from two goals down to draw 2-2
with Newcastle United last weekend, more
errors allowed Porto to record a 2-1 win in the
Champions League in midweek.
Koeman, who oversaw a 1-1 draw at Stamford
Bridge last season, says there are more chinks
in Chelsea's armour this season but does not
expect an easy encounter on Saturday.
"Maybe they have lost a bit of that winning
mentality," he said. "[And] they are making
more changes [in defence] than last year.
"Everyone can have a tough start, maybe
defensively they have lost a little bit [of quality],
if you look at the goals they have conceded, it is
a big difference to last year, so maybe they
have lost a little bit.
"[But] we have to play on a higher level. We
can't lose balls we lost last weekend [against
Swansea City] because they will punish you.
"They have a very fast transition, you have to
play compact and good counter-attacking
football, and in all aspects have to be better
than last year.
"We know we can have a good result if we play
at our level because we had two draws against
them last year, that belief we had last year we
have to show again."
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