Giroud leads Chelsea to overcome Southampton 3-2

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"I think now it's a moment we have to think about the team to try to improve our table, improve our performances and finish the season as strongly as possible".

Zappacosta, meanwhile, makes his first appearance since the Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona last month and lines up on the right flank in place of Victor Moses.

Mark Hughes and the Saints started off taking a surprising lead.

Ryan Bertrand did well down the left before setting up Dusan Tadic for a straightforward fourth goal of the season. James Ward-Prowse provided the pass from the free kick.

Conte added, he is very happy for Giroud, adding he is in top condition now. The French super sub brought one back for the Blues just nine minutes after coming on.

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Eden Hazard slammed in a finish from close range in the 75th, and Giroud met a weak headed clearance with a driven half-volley into the bottom corner in the 78th. The comeback was complete with Giroud's second of the day.

The win for Conte is his first in the EPL since March 10th. Chelsea needed different players to step up.

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard. Giroud scoring two should give Blues fan a big vote of confidence for keeping him on for next season.

They stay in the relegation zone and are running out of time.

"I think this is not my job to answer this type of question", Conte told reporters in Friday's pre-match news conference ahead of the trip to Southampton. Chelsea would be hoping that they get some help from the other teams. They don't have to play for the coach. The season is not lost yet with the Saints heading to Wembley to play Chelsea again in the FA Cup semifinals.

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