Chelsea winger Willian made it four goals from direct free kicks in four games with this impressive effort against Southampton, but the visitors were level at 1-1 at half time thanks to Steven Davis.
Jose Mourinho’s side went into the encounter desperate for all three points given that they are still languishing in the bottom half of the table after seven outings.
They were handed the perfect start with the 27-year-old Brazilian international finding the net with yet another free kick as he continues to stand out for the reigning Premier League champions with his decisive contributions from dead-ball situations.
However, Chelsea were far from convincing throughout the opening 45 minutes, with Sadio Mane feeling aggrieved that he wasn’t award a penalty after replays showed that he had been brought down in the area by Ramires.
The Southampton ace’s misery was further compounded as he was booked for diving shortly after, with replays again showing that there was contact, but Ronald Koeman’s side hit back just minutes before the break with Davis firing in a well-taken goal.
Mourinho’s men have collected just eight points so far this season, and following Manchester City’s win over Newcastle United earlier on Saturday, they are 10 points adrift of top place with Manchester United threatening to increase the gap if they beat rivals Arsenal on Sunday.