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Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: Saints stunned as Olivier Giroud inspires Chelsea comeback

14 April, 2018, 20:22 | Author: Hannah Francis

The Germany global, 25, had been one of Chelsea's top performers before he was left out of Saturday's comeback victory, with Gary Cahill starting alongside Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The two sides will meet again in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Southampton will do well to raise themselves for cup glory with their place in the Premier League next season looking ever more precarious.

"No [there is no injury], it was a tactical decision", Conte told reporters at St Mary's Stadium.

Chelsea still needed Courtois to secure just a fourth league win in 12 games in 2018 as the 'keeper got down well to deny Josh Sims as the game entered stoppage time.

"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".




Hughes has clearly learned from the mistakes made in that torrid first half against West Ham last month; Southampton frustrated Chelsea for long spells with a deep and massed defence, while the pace of Bertrand and the constant motion of Long caused problems at the other end.

'For me, it's not easy to explain.

Less positive news for Chelsea is the fact that Marcos Alonso could face a Football Association charge for a stamp on Shane Long that went unseen and unpunished by referee Mike Dean shortly before half-time.

"It's a really poor challenge", he insisted. "It should have been a red card, clearly". It's very disappointing that the officials didn't see it. They were all within a 10 or 15 metre radius.

Chelsea's defensive lethargy was perfectly in keeping with the laboured, mechanical possession play that saw them fail to register a single shot on target in the first half.

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