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Chelsea's awful recent form was evident again tonight
The club captain had been left out of Jose Mourinho’s team in recent matches.

Updated at 19.27

JOHN TERRY returned to the Chelsea starting lineup ahead of the London club’s Premier League clash with Southampton today, but the club captain was not able to prevent the London club conceding three goals this evening.

The experienced defender had been left out of the team in recent matches amid a poor start to the season for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Nemanja Matic, however, remains out of favour, with the Serbian international again absent from the side today, before coming on at half-time and being promptly substituted on 73 minutes.

Chelsea, meanwhile, had started brightly, with Willian’s superb curling free-kick giving them an early lead, before Steven Davis’ superb strike from Graziano Pelle’s chest down brought the Saints level.

In the second half, Sadio Mané gave his side the lead, as John Terry narrowly failed to cut out a through ball, before the attacker slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic.

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Pelle then made it 3-1 to secure Southampton’s win with just under 20 minutes remaining and increase the problems for an out-of-sorts Chelsea.

Ireland international Shane Long was on the bench for Southampton.

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