Gameweek eight of the 2019/20 Premier League season some of the biggest shocks of the season so far. Three of last years ‘top six’ faced unexpected defeats, with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, and current champions Manchester City all failing to get a single point. However, Chelsea, alongside Liverpool and Arsenal, was able to win their match against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Ralph Hassenhüttl was brought in by the club last year after Mark Hughes had left the club in the relegation zone. He managed to keep Southampton up with a sixteenth placed finish. Currently, they are in seventeenth place, just above Everton, with some tough fixtures coming up after the international break. Hassenhüttl is a fantastic manager, who has definitely elevated the club and their performances since he has come in. That being said, with a very weak squad at his disposal, it’ll be difficult for him to get to a point in the season where they are not fighting relegation, and they are comfortably midtable.
Chelsea have also recently brought in a new manager, with club legend Frank Lampard at the helm after Maurizio Sarri left to go back to Serie A. Lampard was tasked with gaining back the fans’ trust after Sarri’s playstyle left a sour taste in their mouth, and to get results despite a transfer ban. A shaky start saw them perform well, but unable to win games. But now, with four wins in all competitions in a row, Lampard has Chelsea in fifth place before the second international break.
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