Claude Puel is one of the most-mild mannered managers in Premier League history but the Southampton boss needs to show his ruthless streak to keep alive the club's hopes of achieving a top eight finish.
For 45 minutes of Tuesday's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea, Puel's men looked like they could have the beating of champions-elect Chelsea. But for all their vibrant and creative attack play, the south coast side were undone by the type of shambolic defending that has become the hallmark of their season, especially...
Southampton were made to pay for a poor defensive display, as they were beaten 4-2 by Premier League title-chasing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Claude Puel's men made a nightmare start by falling behind to Eden Hazard's opener after only five minutes. Oriol Romeu offered the visitors a way back by scoring at his old stomping ground, only for Gary Cahill's header to restore Chelsea's lead on the stroke of half-time against the run of play.
A second-half double from the excellent Diego Costa...
LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 4-2 Premier League win over Southampton on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
1. Chelsea take giant stride towards title
Some wins are bigger than others, simply because of the implications for the victors and the other teams affected by the result, and this 4-2 victory for Chelsea against Southampton was one of those that was heavy on significance for Antonio Conte's team.
Nine days after suffering their 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford,...
It is the type of fixture list enough to give most midtable Premier League managers nightmares.
A trip to champions elect Chelsea, swiftly followed by back-to-back midweek home games with FA Cup finalists Arsenal and fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester United, rounded off with a visit to Liverpool.
Rather than being daunted by the prospect of taking on four of the country's so-called "big six" in quick succession at the end of a particularly grueling season thanks to their participation...
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.
Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Edin Dzeko to AC Milan
Edin Dzeko has emerged as summer transfer target for AC Milan as the Rossoneri look to strengthen their attacking options.
Southampton's four-match unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt as they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at the St Mary's Stadium.
Claude Puel's men held their own until half-time, but second-half strikes from City captain Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero all but ended their hopes of launching a late-season European charge.