Graziano Pellè felt Southampton took advantage of Chelsea’s lack of confidence with a dominant second-half display at Stamford Bridge.
Pellè rounded off what proved to be a memorable win for Ronald Koeman’s men after goals from Steven Davis and Sadio Mané had put them 2-1 up.
The Italian striker, who has now scored seven goals in 12 games so far this season in all competitions, praised a great display in the second 45 minutes.
“We didn’t start really well but we have confidence in ourselves,” Pellè said. “We knew we could profit a bit about the moment of Chelsea.
“They are still a big team but not really in the best moment. We profit from that and we did really well in the second half especially. We are really happy about it.”
Pellè, who set up the equaliser for Davis, felt it was a crucial moment in the match. “If Chelsea go in from the first half winning they could be a bit more confident, but it was perfect to score in that moment.
“It was 1-1 and the second half was a more open game. Again, it was a great performance from the whole team and we did a great job.”
It was Pellè who rounded off the scoring from a fast counter attack involving strike partner Mané, and the 30 year-old was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet.
“It was a good counter attack,” the striker recalls. “We intercept the ball in midfield and I give the ball to Sadio because he’s a bit faster.
“Then finally he pass me the ball in the right moment and it was a good touch and a good finish.
“It was really good but it’s not only about us, the whole team did a great job.”