Giroud double keeps Chelsea in Champions League hunt

Lawrence Cooper
April 15, 2018

Chelsea were far from their best once again and looked to be heading towards a sixth defeat in nine Premier League games thanks to goals from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek.

A stellar performance from Olivier Giroud ensured Chelsea crawled from two goals down to complete their comeback at the St. Mary stadium.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was dropped from their 3-2 win over Southampton today as punishment for publicly questioning manager Antonio Conte's tactics, it has been revealed.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Giroud said: "I said when I came on to Eden Hazard we need to fight to the end keep believing". In the second [half] I saw a great reaction, greater desire, the right way to win the game. The first half was very negative.

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 win the game, but today I'm very happy with the second half, and very disappointed with the first.

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

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

"This the most important thing and we must finish the season with this spirit".

The home side had a late half-chance through Josh Sims, but the midfielder fired straight at Courtois as Chelsea secured all the points in spectacular fashion ahead of their meeting in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next weekend.

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