Chelsea overpower Southampton 3-2 in EPL encounter

Some have questioned Eden Hazard's form of late

Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud.

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

The French global striker has largely struggled to make an impact since his deadline day move from Arsenal in January.

"Obviously I was waiting for that", Giroud told Chelsea's official website of his first Premier League goals for the Blues.

We made a lot of mistakes this season - me, my staff, the players and the club.

But after that game, Rudiger appeared to criticise the Italian's tactics saying he doesn't understand why the Blues allow the opponent to get more of the ball.

"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", added Giroud.

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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. It was suggested that Chelsea looked like they weren't playing for the manager as they struggled until that point, but Conte denies that was the case. "They must have great respect for this badge, they don't have to play for the coach, they have to play for the club and for our fans".

It is the first time the London side have come from two goals down to win a Premier League game since August 2002, when a team managed by Claudio Ranieri clawed their way back against Charlton. If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win.

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.

The two clubs will meet again eight days from now at Wembley Stadium in a FA Cup semifinal.

The home side doubled their advantage on the hour when debutant Bednarek side-footed a wonderful Ward-Prowse free kick into the far corner of the net.

Third-from-bottom Southampton are five points from the safety zone after relegation rivals Crystal Palace beat Brighton & Hove Albion by the same score at Selhurst Park and Huddersfield Town beat Watford 1-0.

Conte responded by introducing Giroud for Morata and the Frenchman quickly had an impact, heading Alonso's cross in from just inside the area.

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