Chelsea comes back from 2-0 deficit to beat Southampton

18 April, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton southern England

Oliver Giroud came on to score a brace in Chelsea's 3-2 comeback win against Southampton.

Southampton got off to the flawless start as they opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Dustan Tadic tapped home from close range following some great work from Ryan Bertrand down the left.

They are chasing the Reds once again this term as well as Tottenham, but face a huge fight in achieving their target.

The France striker then channelled that never-say-die spirit again when insisting the Blues can not admit defeat in their top-four quest, despite still trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by seven points. - Mark Hughes is only the second manager to lose three Premier League games against the same opponent in a single season after Graeme Souness vs Arsenal in 2004-05.

The Blues put up an incredible fightback against the Saints to salvage a victory after going two goals in the first half. "We have got five or six finals to play after that we will see".

SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND- APRIL 14 Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium

Antonio Conte's men dominated the opening exchanges of the first half, although they struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

In the same way we did not give up in Saturday lunchtime's game, we are not giving up in the chase for a top-four place either.

The last time Chelsea and Southampton met, the former picked up a win courtesy of a Marcos Alonso freekick.

Eden Hazard levelled with an emphatic finish before Giroud - just eight minutes after his first - got a second to leave Saints deflated and defeated. Southampton have a trip to Leicester City that same night, which is a must-win encounter for Mark Hughes' side if they are to have any hope of staying in the Premier League. "My only worry is to do my job, work with my players in best way possible". The most important thing is never give up, believe in our quality, play our game and I am proud of what we have done today with our awesome support. A quick free kick allowed Hazard to lift a cross into the box, only for it to bounce around and fall to Giroud, who fired his shot first time past McCarthy.

"I think that I can't accept these comments because I think that I was a player and that the player must play every game, not for me, but for the club and fans", Conte told reporters at St Mary's Stadium.


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