Conte: Chelsea players deserve credit for comeback win

Chelsea have submitted a complaint to UEFA regarding the treatment of their fans in Barcelona

Chelsea kept their top-four hopes alive with a sensational comeback win against Southampton on Saturday, scoring three times in eight minutes to steal all three points at St. Mary's.

Goals from Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek had put Saints on the way to a crucial three points but Giroud headed a previously listless Chelsea back into a game that had appeared nearly out of reach, Eden Hazard levelled shortly afterwards and then the France hitman struck again - all inside an eight-minute spell. Frenchman Olivier Giroud scored two goals after entering the game in the 61st minute, and the third goal came by Belgian Eden Hazard in the 75th minute of the game.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he was angered and disappointed by his side's lack of "desire" and "will to fight" in the first half, but also pleased by their reaction in the second half.

"Our first half was very negative". They played so well for the first 69 minutes and deserved to lead 2-0, but the substitute Olivier Giroud inspired another insane comeback in this memorable week of football. In the second half we showed great character and a great reaction. "We showed the right fire in our eyes".

But Saints have struggled to hold on to leads this season and they collapsed halfway through the second half, conceding three goals for the fourth successive league game. It's not important to win, lose or draw.

"In every game we must play with great passion, spirit".

The Premier League's leading scorer joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush in the 40 club with a brilliant second-half header that added to Sadio Mane's early strike and preceded Roberto Firmino's late goal.

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.


"I said when I came on we need to fight until the end, keep believing".

"We have two strikers". Olivier came to Chelsea in January after a bad muscular problem. Now he's in good fitness. Alvaro Morata scored against Leicester and Tottenham.

And their frustration overspilled as tempers flared when Marcos Alonso was lucky to escape unpunished for raking his studs down Shane Long's calf.

Conte claimed to have missed the incident in real time, but Southampton manager Mark Hughes was more forthright in his assessment.

The Southampton boss said: "It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge".

While Long was able to continue, the tackle easily could have been a straight red card, but referee Mike Dean did not issue any punishment to Alonso for the incident. One of them should have. Thankfully he is ok.

"You've got to get the big decisions right. Maybe that's why we don't have any [British officials] at the World Cup this year".

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