Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Giroud leads Chelsea to overcome Southampton 3-2

Giroud leads Chelsea to overcome Southampton 3-2

Both sides have six games left to play - including the Blues' clash with Southampton - and Chelsea are now ten points adrift of their London rivals, who face the Premier League champions-elect Manchester City at Wembley in Saturday's late kick-off.

Southampton led the game with two goals scored by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek. They played so well for the first 69 minutes and deserved to lead 2-0, but the substitute Olivier Giroud inspired another insane comeback in this memorable week of football.

Less positive news for Chelsea is the fact that Marcos Alonso could face a Football Association charge for a stamp on Shane Long that went unseen and unpunished by referee Mike Dean shortly before half-time.

The France forward's header - his first league goal for Antonio Conte's team - and left-footed drive sandwiched Eden Hazard's left-foot finish as the Blues moved within seven points of fourth-placed Tottenham. The most important thing is to always play with a great intensity, with a great will to fight from the start until the end. "As long as it is mathematically possible to finish in the top four we will keep battling". In the second half we showed great character and a great reaction. "I think we didn't show great spirit, great desire, great fight for a good result".

"As has been the case all year, apparently we've got a soft underbelly", said Saints manager Mark Hughes, who is in danger of suffering his first-ever managerial relegation.

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We were just seconds from the end. "We played a great game over there, left with 3-0 and today everything was in reverse". Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don't give him the penalty, it's a goal ", he said via Sky Sports .

"I'm very happy for him", Conte added when asked about the former Arsenal man's performance.

"But we have had the right spirit to come back and win this game".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on Alonso avoiding any punishment for the tackle, but praised his players for shaking off a woeful first-half showing at St. Mary's.

And although Conte was impressed with the comeback - the first time Chelsea had come from two goals down to win a league game since 2002 - he was keen to ensure people knew his opinion of their first-half display.

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