Southampton 2 v Chelsea 3 - story of the match

Erica Murray
April 15, 2018

Chelsea staged a spectacular comeback with three goals in nine second-half minutes to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday and revive their faint hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as Saints remained in the drop zone.

"Our first half wasn't good, in a lot of aspects", said Conte.

Conte told Sky Sports after the match that "A good win but for me it was important to see the right spirit, the right passion and enthusiasm in the second half, ' the Italian said".

"He scored but we changed something in the second half and the difference was the approach, the spirit and the will to fight and try not to lose another game". If they do, they will rue Saturday's game at St Mary's in which they were coasting at 2-0 until Olivier Giroud came on as a 61st-minute substitute.

"I'm the first to take the fault for the first half, but I repeat the second half my players deserve great credit".

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.

"We are having a hard season and we know this, but especially in this situation I think you can see the men before the players".

Conte was happy that his players showed "great heart" to comeback, but gave a frosty response about Rudiger's omission from the matchday squad.

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

While Long was able to continue, the tackle easily could have been a straight red card, but referee Mike Dean did not issue any punishment to Alonso for the incident. I am disappointed that the officials didn't see it.

Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really. If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win.

"You've got to get the big decisions right".

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