Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

The Blues were trailing 2-0 on Saturday lunchtime when the Frenchman was introduced in place of Alvaro Morata in the 60th minute.

Southampton led the game with two goals scored by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek.

It looks increasingly likely that the Blues will miss out on a top four finish and have to settle for a place in the Europa League for next season. We went 2-0 down but had the right spirit to come back and win. For me, the most important thing is to be focused on Chelsea and to try to improve this season, and finish in the best possible way.

Giroud netted on either side of a goal from Eden Hazard. It's a second straight 3-2 loss since they lost to Arsenal at the Emirates by the same scoreline.

But when it was put to him that Chelsea's spirited response at St Mary's was a sign that his players are still fighting for him, Conte replied: "I can't accept this [concept], because I was a player. Do the job and then we see about the other teams".

Two of those reverses came at the hands of Liverpool, who cruised into their first Champions League semi-final for a decade 5-1 on aggregate against the runaway Premier League leaders. I don't like stats, I play for a long time, so I am on the pitch to enjoy. I work very hard, my staff work very hard, the players work very hard, and especially in this type of situation when there is great difficulty you must show [yourself] to be a man before a player.

"Even if I play a bit less in the last few weeks I really want to help the team to bounce back in the second half".

Giroud has surely earned him himself a starting berth for Thursday night's trip to Burnley.

"As you know very well with the speculation, always there is speculation around our position, not only for me, but for a lot of coaches".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article