Conte tells Chelsea players: If not for me, play for this badge

Conte tells Chelsea players: If not for me, play for this badge

Chelsea overturned a two-goal Premier League deficit for the first time since their 3-2 win over Charlton in 2002, when Claudio Ranieri was boss.

Southampton then made it 2-0 on the hour-mark to leave Chelsea FC apparently heading towards another defeat, but goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard ended up claiming a 3-2 win for Conte's men.

The French global striker has largely struggled to make an impact since his deadline day move from Arsenal in January.

"I saw the right will to comeback and find a hard result because when you are 2-0 down it is not simple".

"For sure in every moment of the game you must think positive and that you can come back despite the score being 2-0 down", Conte was quoted as saying by his club's official website.

They were the first goals for Chelsea in the Premier League for Giroud, who gained a reputation as a so-called "super-sub" in his time at Arsenal before moving to Stamford Bridge in January.

However his second season has failed to produce the same results, and the Blues now sit in fifth, and are virtually out of the race for the top four, now sitting seven points behind fourth placed Tottenham.

Olivier Giroud says Chelsea are determined to keep fighting to secure a top-four finish. "Let's do the job and we will see what the other teams do". That is what we have done until the end and we are very proud of what we have done in this game with our wonderful support from our fans. "When the momentum shifts against us we can't get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again".

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I don't expect him to score two goals every week, either, but I would like him to be consistent to a certain level. The result leaves Manchester City 16 points clear at the top with five games remaining.

It was a former Chelsea player who got Saints off to a flawless start as Ryan Bertrand burst past Cesar Azpilicueta down Southampton's left before squaring for Tadic to apply a simple finish.

Chelsea avoided further damage seven minutes before the break - James Ward-Prowse's long-range effort forcing Thibaut Courtois into action.

Antonio Conte immediately brought on Giroud for lifeless Alvaro Morata and the impact was immediate.

"They must have great respect for this badge, they don't have to play for the coach".

"But I saw a great reaction". If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win.

Marcos Alonso was then lucky to escape a red card on the stroke of half-time for catching Long on the calf with a studs-first challenge. "It could've broken his leg".

And Giroud completed the remarkable turnaround soon after, drilling into the bottom-right corner after Hazard's cross was not cleared, dealing a cruel blow to Saints' survival chances as they remain three points adrift of safety.

"Don't forget we went 2-0 down, but we had the right spirit to come back and win the game".

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