Chelsea thrash Southampton 6-0, with Timo Werner scoring twice

Timo Werner hit the back of the crossbar three times but still scored two times as Chelsea ended their mini slug 6-0 at St Mary’s.

Germany striker Werner almost completed a hat-trick by hitting the left post, right post, and crossbar – but he overcame those misses with a morale-boosting brace.

Mason Mount also scored twice, with Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz all on target to give Chelsea a much-needed victory.

Chelsea’s fourth victory in their past five Premier League games has moved the Blues closer to the third position, with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham behind in the rankings.

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s manager, admitted that he spent a restless Wednesday night bingeing on chocolate while re-watching Chelsea’s 3-1 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid.

Southampton suffered their fifth loss in six matches across all competitions, with their previous win coming on March 2 against West Ham in the FA Cup.

The Saints’ third-heaviest defeat under Hasenhuttl, after the well-documented 9-0 thrashings at the hands of Leicester and Manchester United, encapsulated a dreadful run of play.

Chelsea were so dominating early in this match that they were playing keep-ball with less than a half-hour on the clock.

Werner opened the day by hitting the left post on a fast break, then strangely headed against the bar from point-blank range.

The pacy striker had the goal at his disposal after Ruben Loftus-superb Cheek’s cross took Fraser Forster out of the equation, but he scooped the ball high and onto the crossbar.

However, Alonso’s drilled finish through traffic following Mount’s cross calmed Chelsea’s concerns. After the deadlock was broken, the Blues ran the Saints ragged.

Mount, not satisfied with teeing up the opening, promptly shot home himself, taking just one touch to stabilize himself and another to strike the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Chelsea conducted summit discussions on Thursday in an attempt to retaliate after conceding seven goals in two games, after the Blues’ 4-1 home defeat to Brentford last Saturday.

Tuchel revealed that he performed most of his talks to his players in a tough-love meeting, and on this evidence, that blend of meeting candor and late-night confectionery has paid instant benefits.

Chelsea’s German coach believed that the Blues’ Champions League prospects were all but finished after their first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

The Blues will at least travel to the Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night boosted by a win on the south coast that was as brash as it was bullying.

Southampton’s day took a turn for the worst as the normally dependable captain, James Ward-Prowse, accidentally assisted Werner.

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