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Southampton - Chelsea: Giroud pleased to break league duck

Southampton - Chelsea: Giroud pleased to break league duck

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

Cape Town - Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has shouldered the blame for a "negative" display from his team in the first half, as they came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday.

Then lo and behold, Monsieur Giroud reminded us why we bothered to buy him in the first place, cementing his reputation as a marvellous impact substitute.

"The most important thing is you never give up", said Giroud, who also scored for his previous club Arsenal at Southampton earlier this season.

Chelsea's French attacker Olivier Giroud (R) celebrates scoring their third goal with team-mates Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) and Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (C) during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 14, 2018.

"As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe".

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.

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Mark Hughes' men fully capitalised on Chelsea's shattered confidence to take a deserved lead through Dusan Tadic, who stroked home a Ryan Bertrand cutback.

Southampton remain in the drop zone on 28 points.

First, Giroud expertly met a cross from Marcos Alonso, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Shane Long.

'It was tough for us, the second goal was a hard moment but the most important thing if you concede one or two goals is to never give up and believe in our quality and play our game. "It should have been a red card, clearly".

But we have had the right spirit to come back and win this game. Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really.

Courtois was left exposed by his defence moments later when Ward-Prowse's free-kick found Bednarek completely unmarked at the back post to half-volley expertly across the goal and into the far corner. Alonso and Alvaro Morata were both close to getting a touch on it, but goalkeeper Alex McCarthy sniffled the ball.

The visitors were level, four minutes after grabbing their first goal, as Hazard fired home from inside the box.


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