Olivier Giroud kickstarts Chelsea career with Southampton fightback

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2018

Antonio Conte praised his Chelsea players for rediscovering the "fire in their eyes" after substitute Olivier Giroud inspired a 3-2 comeback victory at Southampton. Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in the first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really.

The Blues are now in fifth place in the Premier League table and they look likely to miss out on Champions League qualification for next season.

Antonio Conte took the blame for a "very disappointing" first half from Chelsea before their late comeback win at Southampton on Saturday.

Another tough test is on its way for Conte and his men as we prepare for the trip to high-flying Burnley on Thursday.

"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", added Giroud.

"In football, you always have a chance to step up, to bounce back, so we showed great character and team spirit", Giroud told Sky Sports.

Hughes has clearly learned from the mistakes made in that torrid first half against West Ham last month; Southampton frustrated Chelsea for long spells with a deep and massed defence, while the pace of Bertrand and the constant motion of Long caused problems at the other end.

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Eden Hazard was fouled to spark Chelsea's first score.

"As has been the case all year apparently we've got a soft underbelly", said Saints boss Mark Hughes, whose three Premier League games in charge have now all ended in defeats. "If you don't have something in you're heart, it's hard to come back and win this game".

Giroud and Pedro were then thrown on in a desperate attempt for Chelsea to get back into the game on the hour mark. Replays showed Mike Dean must have seen the incident and how the Spaniard escaped a card of any sort was very surprising.

Alvaro Morata headed over the bar tamely, while Cesc Fabregas saw a hopeful 20-yard effort take a wicked deflection, forcing Alex McCarthy into a solid save.

The Blues eventually came from 2-0 down to claim the three points, with relegation-threatened Southampton's misery being compounded by the fact Alonso assisted the Chelsea opener.

Five minutes later Hazard levelled by smashing home Willian's cross from close range.

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