Interim manager Guus Hiddink spoke in the press conference about the game, beginning with whether or not he thought the result was deserved: “Yeah, I think so”.
Hiddink saw his side fall behind in the 42nd minute at St Mary’s on Saturday as Baba Rahman’s poor defensive header was pounced on by Shane Long.
“They [Southampton] got a goal, a present from defence, so we got a setback”. Costa has nine goals in his last 12 games across all competitions, while Forster has kept six straight clean sheets in the league since his return from injury.
The hosts looked set to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games before a Cesc Fabregas cross crept in Ivanovic then completed the comeback with a bullet header in the 89th minute.
Mind you, Guus Hiddink’s side needed a huge slice of luck to win this one.
Thibaut Courtois has been starting all the games since the arrival of Hiddink as manager and the young Belgian will take his place between the sticks against Southampton as well. “I think these goals are not important for the individual but they are important for us and we work as a team”.
“Ronald Koeman: “(Hiddink and Cruyff) are different as a coach and of course they have a lot of things together about how they like to play football and how the team needs to play, but in different ways. I’m in favour of waiting for the player and everyone to say “he’s OK” and wait three days more.
About the fans, he said, “They were supporting even when we were one-nil down, and that’s also encouraging for the team”.
“If you win the game today we would have made a big step up but instead Chelsea have made a big step”.
He started wretchedly, his usual strength and solidity absent, as wingers zipped past him at will. Fans questioned why previous manager Jose Mourinho kept him in the team.
Despite having improved their form in recent months, Oscar believes Chelsea are also getting the luck they lacked at the start of the season.