Southampton have beaten Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Southampton have become the first ever team to score three goals and beat a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
The Saints headed into their clash in West London knowing their opponents were under severe pressure following a dismal opening period to their Premier League title defence.
The Blues started the game well enough, taking the lead via a wonderful free-kick from Brazil international Willian as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was left clutching at thin air.
However, the home side’s fragility soon started to show and after netting an equaliser through Steven Davis, the Saints piled on the pressure in the second half and thoroughly deserved their victory.
A home defeat was previously a rare sight for Mourinho - so rare in fact that no other Premier League side had previously netted three times against a Mourinho side at Stamford Bridge and claimed victory.
3 - Today is the first time Jose Mourinho has seen an away team score more than twice at Stamford Bridge in the PL. History.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2015
7 - Today is only Jose Mourinho's seventh home league defeat as a manager and equals his worst result (Madrid 1-3 Barcelona). Humbled.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2015
Moreover, the 3-1 reverse was Mourinho’s joint-worst ever home defeat in a league match, Southampton sharing that wonderful statistic alongside a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.
Truthfully, the Saints could have held the record outright as Ronald Koeman’s men had chances through Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane to extend their lead late into the second period.
It was a superb display by the South Coast outfit, and among those happy to launch jibes at Chelsea and their self-proclaimed Special One there should also be plenty of praise for the victors.
After selling their better players each summer and staring at an uphill task, Koeman and his men have gone about their business humbly and deserve every plaudit which is passed their way.