Southampton succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints took a first-half lead through Dusan Tadic after some good work on the left from Ryan Bertrand. Mark Hughes’ side then doubled their advantage through Jan Bednarek’s first goal for the club.
A capitulation then ensued in the final 20 minutes, with Chelsea coming away with all three points. Olivier Giroud scored a brace and Eden Hazard netted to help the Blues to a surprise 3-2 victory.
It was by no means a bad performance from Saints, but their defensive frailties were once again prominent. There were some players who stood out, though, and we’re giving our man of the match award to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The Denmark international had yet another good game in the middle and continued to repay Hughes’ faith in him from recent weeks.
Hojbjerg aimed to drive the team ahead when he had regained possession and was always on the lookout for a forward pass, notably in the opening exchanges of the match.
His drive and desire to get on the ball and help Saints move play along quickly was a key element of their control in the match, with Hojbjerg helping the team to dictate the tempo in large periods.
Hojbjerg had a good game for Saints again and will fancy his chances for the Player of the Season award, with many of his teammates under-performing still.