Takumi Minamino Sends Azpilicueta For A Hotdog To Give Southampton The Lead Vs Chelsea
Takumi Minamino has given Southampton the lead vs Chelsea with a lovely finish - after sitting Cesar Azpilicueta down with a bit of skill.
Minamino arrived on a season-long loan from Liverpool in the transfer window and opened his account in a 3-2 loss to Newcastle.
He's now doubled his Saints account by becoming the first opposing player to score past Thomas Tuchel's side.
Nathan Redmond played the Japanese international through and he took it under control perfectly.
Takumi Minamino with an ice cool finish! :snowflake:
Despite all the Chelsea possession, Southampton take the lead at St Mary's! :innocent: pic.twitter.com/0ms95CCTpj
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2021
Minamino then shimmied his body to the right, ensuring Azpilicueta committed himself to the challenge.
The 26-year-old slotted past Edouard Mendy as cool as you like to give the home side a shock lead.
Fans have reacted to the goal and they're enjoying Minamino's form on the south coast.
:wave: Dummied the defender
:scream: Sat the goalkeeper down
:fire: Tucked it home
Ice cold from Takumi Minamino :sunglasses:#SOUCHE pic.twitter.com/kKq8cA2JCe
- Goal (@goal) February 20, 2021
Minamino has more open play goals against the big six than Bruno Fernandes this season✍️
- • (@The_Gerrard_Era) February 20, 2021
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Minamino has more league goals in two weeks than Origi has in 12 months
- Sean (@SeanDOlfc) February 20, 2021
Minamino really told Mendy to have a seat. I can't breathe.
- - (@AnfieldRd96) February 20, 2021
This Minamino playing for Southampton looks like a player
- James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) February 20, 2021
Mendy is back in goal for Chelsea after Kepa Arrizabalaga kept two clean sheets in back-to-back games.
Tuchel explained the current goalkeeping situation for the Blues earlier this week.
"I encouraged him to see it as another opportunity and to take it as a fresh start and to see the possibilities for him in it and this is what he did," Tuchel said in a pre-match press conference per Metro.
"So he earned his right to play, he earned his right to play another game. He kept two clean sheets and this is the best a goalkeepers can have for his confidence.
"Of course we see that because everybody like Kepa loves to play, loves to have clean sheets."
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