Five things we learned from Southampton vs Chelsea

Chelsea lost their third Premier League away game in succession as Southampton outclassed them at St Mary’s yesterday.

Goals from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert sandwiched a John Terry equaliser, pushing the Saints further clear of relegation trouble.

However, for Chelsea the defeat is potentially damaging in their battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

They are now fourth, and just two points ahead of Arsenal in fifth, so Rafael Benitez’s side could be set to come under severe pressure in the closing stages of the campaign.

Southampton are up to 12th under Mauricio Pochettino, four points above the bottom three.

Since taking over from Nigel Adkins in January, the Argentine has won just three games, but they could not have come against much more high-profile opposition.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, five-time European champions Liverpool and now reigning European champions Chelsea have all been deservedly beaten by Pochettino’s side at St Mary’s.

But what did we learn from Southampton’s latest success? Click on the links below to see five things we learned.

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