Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

How Giroud inspired Chelsea's 3-2 win over Southampton

How Giroud inspired Chelsea's 3-2 win over Southampton

And Chelsea boss Conte has admitted that he was not at all happy with how his players had performed in the first half against Southampton.

Eden Hazard finished smartly to put Chelsea level minutes later, and Giroud would come up with the goods again, scoring the victor off his foot to hand the visiting Londoners a 3-2 win. If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to win the game, but today I'm very happy with the second half, and very disappointed with the first.

"I said when I came on to Eden Hazard, we need to fight to the end (and) keep believing.

We need to keep positive and keep fighting".

The Nigeria worldwide was thrown into the game in the 86th in place of Eden Hazard at a time when both teams were cautiously playing to see off regulation time. "When the momentum shifts against us we can't get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again".

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.

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.

The comeback against Southampton meant that Conte's side got only their fourth league win of 2018 and the club now goes into a tough week, with an away trip to Burnley ahead of the FA Cup semi-final that is also against the Saints.

Only a fine save low to his right from Thibaut Courtois denied Saints a second through James Ward-Prowse as Chelsea struggled to create anything of note before the break. "I think we didn't show great spirit, great desire, great fight for a good result. If you don't have something in you're heart, it's hard to come back and win this game".

However, it was a nasty tackle from Marcos Alonso that stole the half-time headlines as he possibly should've seen red for stamping on the calf of Shane Long.

But football is a game of two halves, the Italian concedes, and the way his team responded, showing character to win, was significant.

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

After a toothless performance from Alvaro Morata, Giroud's introduction was exactly the injection of life that we needed. The Blues have endured a dismal title defense, finding themselves 24 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and at serious risk of missing out on a Champions League spot for the second time in three seasons.

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