Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

15 April, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Virgil Todd
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The victory keeps alive fifth-place Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with seven points now separating the champions from Tottenham and Liverpool above them.

Southampton went 2-0 up thanks to goals in either half from Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he was angered and disappointed by his side's lack of "desire" and "will to fight" in the first half, but also pleased by their reaction in the second half. If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win.

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.

Antonio Conte gave credit for the unlikely comeback (first of its kind at Chelsea since 2002) to the players, and Giroud was chief among those who deserve plenty of those plaudits. It doesn't matter that we won the game 3-2, it was important to see the right reaction and fight in the eyes of my players.

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"The most important thing is to show some character".

"I think in the second half we [could] finish the game [off]", Rudiger said last week.

"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. 'I have two good strikers and I try to make the best decision at the start of the game or during the game'.

The France international's Chelsea career has been largely frustrating since he joined from Arsenal in January as he has struggled with injuries and had to be satisfied with substitute appearances for the most part, but Conte says Giroud is now in good shape and he is happy with his striking options. It was hard for us to come back so we must be pleased by the desire we showed.

"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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