Giroud leads Chelsea comeback against Southampton

Eden Hazard Chelsea Barcelona Champions League

Eden Hazard Chelsea Barcelona Champions League

Chelsea scored three times in the space of eight minutes to turn the match on its head, however, with Olivier Giroud netting either side of a goal from Eden Hazard.

This came just a week after Rudiger's comments appeared to call into question Chelsea's ability to see out games, after Javier Hernandez's goal denied them another win last week.

"I'm very disappointed for the first half, and I'm the first to take fault for it, but in the second my players deserve credit". Southampton are 18th on 28 points in the league table.

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 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. "When the momentum shifts against us we can't get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again".

"When you're a striker you need to keep going, keep the confidence high, even if I play a little less in the last few weeks".

The Southampton boss said: "It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge".

Olivier Giroud came from the bench to score a brace to help Chelsea come from behind to deepen Southampton's relegation fears.

Chelsea were not finished though, and scored their third three minutes later when Giroud stroked a loose ball into the bottom corner to break Southampton hearts. Thankfully he is okay, he just got a rake down the calf.

"You've got to get the big decisions right". Olivier we know very well, we are talking about worldwide players.

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

"We changed something in the second half but the difference was the approach, the desire, the will to fight to try not to lose another game".

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