The Blues end 2014 with a draw after coming from behind at St Mary’s courtesy of a trademark moment of Eden Hazard brilliance in first-half injury time.
We laid siege to the Southampton goal after the break on the hunt for a precious winner but the decisive breakthrough would not come and so we had to settle for a point on the South Coast.
It was our hosts that opened the scoring through Sadio Mane’s one-on-one finish but we ended an entertaining first half on level terms after Hazard beat two men and finished emphatically in the corner.
Clear opportunities proved hard to come by after the interval, with substitute Didier Drogba twice close to converting Hazard crosses with time almost up against a Saints side reduced to 10 men very late on, Morgan Schneiderlin the man dismissed for two bookable offences.
The draw ensures the Blues will top the league at the start of next year, which begins with a trip to White Hart Lane, Tottenham our opponents.