Chelsea player ratings against Southampton: Morata woeful as Giroud rescues Blues

Chelsea player ratings against Southampton: Morata woeful as Giroud rescues Blues

Bet Now " Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. But Conte's inspired second half substitution helped the reigning champions stage a stunning comeback to break Saints hearts.

Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek put the hosts in command, but Giroud's first league goals for Chelsea either side of Eden Hazard's equaliser cut the gap on Liverpool and Tottenham in the fight for a top-four finish to seven points.

Giroud's introduction for Alvaro Morata moments later turned the tide, however.

It was only after Giroud's introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France global scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory to leave Southampton in the bottom three. I think that was the first chance they have'.

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"Whether we win or lose, we must be ready to share the responsibility".

"It is important to score, when you don't score, you don't win". We made a lot of mistakes this season - me, my staff, the players and the club.

But Giroud's introduction off the bench in the 61st minute proved the catalyst for Chelsea's comeback, as he pulled one back soon after and then got the victor following Eden Hazard's equaliser.

"We have two strikers and Olivier arrived at Chelsea in January after a bad muscular problem". Now he's in good fitness.

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"Now he has good fitness and I try to make the best decisions for the game".

And their frustration overspilled as tempers flared when Marcos Alonso was lucky to escape unpunished for raking his studs down Shane Long's calf.

"It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge", Hughes said. "It should have been a red card in my view". I am disappointed that the officials didn't see it. One week after giving Arsenal all they could handle at the Emirates, Southampton again impressed as underdogs here, only to have their hearts broken in the final minutes by top-six opponents once more. Thankfully he is ok. "Maybe that's why we don't have any [British officials] at the World Cup this year".

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