Southampton: Ralph Hasenhuttl still facing 'crazy' problem at St. Mary's

Southampton‘s defeat against Chelsea on Saturday was a “crazy” result, according to ex-Saints midfielder Carlton Palmer.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side suffered their heaviest loss of the campaign as the European champions ran riot at St Mary’s Stadium, eventually running out 6-0 winners.

What happened against Chelsea?

Southampton went into the game hoping to end their four-match winless run in the Premier League, but their miserable form only ended up going from bad to worse.

From the moment Marcus Alonso hammered the Blues into an early lead, it seemed like it was going to be a long afternoon for the South Coast outfit, and that proved to be the case.

Just eight minutes later, Mason Mount doubled Chelsea’s advantage from distance before Timo Werner continued his excellent record against Southampton by rounding Fraser Forster to make it 3-0 after just 21 minutes.

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There was still time for Kai Havertz to make it 4-0 before half-time after he followed up Werner’s effort that crashed against the post.

Ibrahima Diallo was introduced at the break, but nothing could stop a rampant Chelsea, who scored twice early on in the second period via Werner and Mount to complete a comprehensive victory.

Fortunately for Southampton, they wouldn’t suffer a third 9-0 defeat in as many seasons, but it was another dark day for Hasenhuttl and co.

What did Palmer say about the defeat to Chelsea?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s crazy, it seems to happen every season. They get one or two games where they get beaten heavily, it’s just crazy.”

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Can Southampton bounce back against Arsenal?

The last thing that Southampton need right now is another game against a traditional top six side, although it could be far worse than a visit from a Gunners outfit, who are in their worst moment of the season.

Not only have Mikel Arteta’s side lost their last two Premier League matches, but they’ve come against sides that sit just one point above the Saints in the table in Crystal Palace and Brighton.

Therefore, Hasenhuttl’s side should have reason for optimism that they can bounce back from their dire recent form, especially considering they’ve already taken points off Manchester United, West Ham, Tottenham, and Manchester City at home this season.

On the other hand, Southampton have lost four games on the bounce at home in all competitions, so they will need to show significant improvements to avoid suffering a fifth St Mary’s defeat in a row.

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