Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Giroud's Inspired Comeback Gifts Chelsea A Win Over Southampton

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored twice as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to win at Southampton and keep alive their faint hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

"Our first half wasn't good, in a lot of aspects", said Conte. I didn't tell him we were going to score, but I believed after the first goal we scored. "In the second half, we showed great character, great determination and desire to win the game".

Giroud and Pedro came on right after Chelsea went 2-0 down which was the start of Chelsea's comeback.

"I am happy for Giroud".

"I'm the first to take the fault for the first half, but I repeat the second half my players deserve great credit".

Giroud's ruthless half-volley sparked jubilant Chelsea celebrations as the Blues drew first blood in this dress rehearsal ahead of the two sides' April 22 FA Cup semi-final.

"We are having a hard season and we know this, but especially in this situation I think you can see the men before the players".

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Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen were picked at the heart of Conte's defence and there was no room for former Roma player Antonio Rudiger due to comments that he made in the media.

While Long was able to continue, the tackle easily could have been a straight red card, but referee Mike Dean did not issue any punishment to Alonso for the incident.

"It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge", Hughes said. I was very disappointed.

The Premier League's leading scorer joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush in the 40 club with a brilliant second-half header that added to Sadio Mane's early strike and preceded Roberto Firmino's late goal.

"You've got to get the big decisions right". "I think we didn't show great spirit, great desire, great fight for a good result".

Chelsea were not much better immediately after the restart and, after failing to heed a warning courtesy of Shane Long, the Saints' lead was doubled thanks to a fine finish from Bednarek, who was making his first start for the club.

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