Southampton boss Mark Hughes has revealed that his Southampton side were too passive against Chelsea on Sunday, as Saints went down 3-0 to the Blues at St Marys.
Saints struggled to get going despite changing to a 3 at the back formation for the first time since pre-season.
Danny Ings could have given Southampton the lead with a volley, but it went over the bar minutes before Eden Hazard put Chelsea in front.
Speaking afterwards, Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment in the result, and said he wanted more intensity from his Southampton side.
The former Stoke City manager said, via the Daily Echo:
It was a typical afternoon for us. It didn’t start with the intensity we talked about. We were too passive and too open in our own half.
We were able to create a good chance for Danny and clearly, if we score first it might have been a different type of game for us.
As it was, conceding the first goal played into Chelsea’s hands because they’re very clever and very adept at playing on the counter-attack with great talent at the top end of the pitch.
We were guilty of overplaying on the edge of our box. Chelsea this year are pressing with lots of numbers at the top end of the pitch and we needed to play accordingly. But we fell into the trap on that occasion.
Hughes also complained that the change of formation didn’t work at the break, with Saints switching to a 4-3-3 after half time.
I changed formation about four times and made a couple of changes, personnel and shape wise, at half-time.
But it wasn’t really about formations, it was more about our ability to affect them and get on the front foot.
We found it very difficult to do that against a good team.
Hughes will be hoping for improvements after the international break.