Giroud double inspires Chelsea comeback

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.

It was only after Giroud's introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France global scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory and leave Southampton languishing in the bottom three.

Southampton who are yet to win any Premier League game on home soil in 2018 looked like they were going to get it right against the Blues.

However, he also credited their recovery, as Olivier Giroud's brace sandwiched a goal from Eden Hazard to complete the comeback and secure Chelsea three points to keep them in the hunt for the top four. Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea fell behind 2-0 to Southampton, a very proud club that is having an terrible season, and in serious peril of being relegated.

Marcos Alonso was then lucky to escape a red card on the stroke of half-time for catching Long on the calf with a studs-first challenge.

"We didn't show great desire and great will to fight".

"This the most important thing and we must finish the season with this spirit".

Zidane: It was a penalty, Buffon didn't deserve to be sent off
He made a great save off a close-range shot by Gareth Bale about 10 minutes into the match, and came up big again to block Isco's angled shot near the end of the half.

"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.

"In the first half we didn't play well but not just that, they put more into the tempo than us". The first half was very negative.

Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud.

"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".

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

We're not convinced. Players have fallen out with Conte in the past and subsequently been frozen out, a la David Luiz.

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