Southampton - Chelsea: Giroud pleased to break league duck

Jean Michael Seri

Jean Michael Seri

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes he should not be exclusively blamed for Chelsea's poor season with the club battling to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and says "we have to divide the fault with the players".

With AP Photos.Chelsea has scored three goals in eight minutes, including two from substitute Olivier Giroud, in a stirring comeback from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the English Premier League. "I didn't say we were going to score, both me and him, but I thought if we score it might put them in a bad position".

"I've been through some difficulties in my career, but I always try to come back stronger and it happened today", said Giroud.

In the same way we did not give up in Saturday lunchtime's game, we are not giving up in the chase for a top-four place either. That's a killer instinct we'd like to see more of, please. "When the momentum shifts against us we can't get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again".

Giroud's ruthless half-volley sparked jubilant Chelsea celebrations as the Blues drew first blood in this dress rehearsal ahead of the two sides' April 22 FA Cup semi-final. 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. "I think we didn't show great spirit, great desire, great fight for a good result".

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But we have had the right spirit to come back and win this game. "If you don't have something in you're heart, it's hard to come back and win this game".

And as for the great controversy of the match, when Marcos Alonso raked his studs down Shane Long's calf in a risky challenge and the cry went up for a red card, Conte pleads ignorance.

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.

He did eventually threaten just before the half-hour mark, heading over from close range, but at that stage Chelsea had already been trailing for six minutes.

After a toothless performance from Alvaro Morata, Giroud's introduction was exactly the injection of life that we needed. Chelsea took all three points in their race for a Champions League spot, while Southampton sit three points from safety and are in heavy danger.

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