Southampton will be hoping to tarnish their poor record against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.
In Mark Hughes’ side’s last six meetings with the side he spent three years with as a player, the Saints have been beaten on all six occasions across the Premier League and FA Cup.
To make matters worse, Southampton have not won on home soil in all competitions since April 28th, where a 2-1 victory over local rivals Bournemouth helped them narrowly avoid relegation.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues go into the match having remained unbeaten in all 10 of their competitive matches this season.
Currently in Southampton’s squad are two Champions League winners, who lifted the trophy with Chelsea in 2012 and ahead of Sunday’s match, we look at three players to have represented both clubs during their careers.
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea 2011-2015, Southampton 2015-present)
In August 2011, Chelsea completed the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Oriol Romeu from Barcelona in a deal worth around five million euros (£4.4 million).
During his debut season, Romeu featured 24 times in all competitions as the Blues went on to win the FA Cup and Champions League.
The departures of Raul Meireles, Yossi Benayoun and Michael Essien were supposed to give Romeu more chances in the first-team, but after suffering a knee injury in a game against Sunderland in December 2012, his Chelsea career was effectively over.
The 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons saw him depart on loan moves with Valencia and Stuttgart respectively, before he signed for Southampton in a £5 million deal in August 2015.
Romeu exited Chelsea having scored once and won three major trophies during his 33 appearances for the club.
During his second season with Southampton, Romeu helped them to reach the final of the EFL Cup, only to be defeated 3-2 by Manchester United in the final.
He still currently plays for Southampton and to date, has scored four goals in 127 appearances, one of which came against his former club, Chelsea, in a 4-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge in April 2017.
Romeu has represented Spain over 40 times at numerous youth levels but is yet to receive a call-up to the senior side.
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea 2005-2015, Southampton 2015-present)
In 2005, defender Ryan Bertrand joined Chelsea’s academy from Gillingham at the age of 15 and signed his first professional deal with the club in the following year.
Bertrand eventually made his debut for the club in April 2011, having been on loan spells with Bournemouth, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Reading and Nottingham Forest. During his debut, Bertrand replaced Ashley Cole during a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City, where Bertrand provided the assist for Florent Malouda’s goal.
During his first full season for the club, Bertrand made 15 appearances for the Blues, including his European debut, starting in the final of the Champions League, where they beat Bayern Munich, in Munich.
Under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, Bertrand featured 38 times in all competitions during the 2012/13 campaign, with Chelsea winning the Europa League at the end of the season.
He then joined Aston Villa and Southampton on loan moves, before signing for the latter permanently in 2015 for £10 million. Bertrand exited with two goals and 57 Chelsea appearances to his name.
Whilst on loan with the Saints in the 2014/15 campaign, Bertrand’s impressive displays earned him a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
In his four full seasons at St Mary’s so far, Bertrand has made a minimum of 34 appearances in all four campaigns and alongside Romeu, was a runner-up in the 2016/17 EFL Cup.
He has made over 150 appearances for the Saints and has also won 19 caps for England, with his only senior international goal coming against Malta in September 2017. Bertrand also made England’s EURO 2016 squad and featured once at the tournament.
Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea 1987-1993 and 1997-2003, Southampton 2003-2005)
Graeme Le Saux joined Chelsea’s academy in 1987 and made his senior debut for the Blues in 1989.
Le Saux spent four years as part of the first-team, which included winning the Second Division title, before exiting in 1993 for Blackburn Rovers in a £700,000 move following a strained relationship with then Blues boss, Ian Porterfield.
In 1997, Le Saux returned to Stamford Bridge, costing Chelsea £5 million, making him the most expensive defender in English football at the time.
Upon the time of re-signing, Le Saux was a regular with England’s national side and was capped 36 times between 1995 and 2000, including appearances at every match in the 1998 World Cup.
His second stint with Chelsea saw Le Saux win numerous honours, including the European Cup Winners’ Cup, Super Cup, League Cup and the Charity Shield.
Having spent six years in the capital during the longest of his two spells with the Blues, Le Saux left for Southampton in 2003, having scored 12 goals in over 250 appearances for the club.
Le Saux’s final two years of his professional career were spent with the Saints and he retired in 2005 after 46 appearances on the South Coast.
He briefly came out of retirement to play for Wembley in 2012 and now works as a pundit and commentator.