Antonio Conte won't discuss potential Chelsea exit after season end

Antonio Conte won't discuss potential Chelsea exit after season end

Antonio Conte won't discuss potential Chelsea exit after season end

A brace by substitute Olivier Giroud inspired Chelsea to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over relegation-threatened Southampton. "They must have great respect for this badge, they don't have to play for the coach, they have to play for the club and for our fans".

Less than 10 minutes later, Conte's men were in the lead through a strike from Hazard and another from Giroud, earning a much-needed three points.

And it is clear by what he told his Belgian team-mate when coming on, the attacker believed Chelsea could overturn their two-goal deficit.

Chelsea FC look as though they may well have to settle for a place in the Europa League for next season as they look increasingly unlikely to be able to catch fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the current campaign.

The half-time whistle came just in time for the visitors, who had endured a poor first half and needed a better response after the break.

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.

Willian's 55th-minute shot was their first effort on target, and there were question marks over the application of several players in the build-up to both Saints goals.

With four minutes left on the clock, Chelsea brought in Victor Moses for Hazard as Conte's men held on to clinch a remarkable comeback victory and keep their slim top four hopes alive.

"I was a player, and the players must play every game, not for me but for the club and for the fans".

In the second half I saw a great reaction, the right will to fight to win despite the difficultly.

Chelsea are one short of becoming the third club to score 1,700 Premier League goals, after Manchester United (1,919) and Arsenal (1,759). "If you don't have something in you're heart, it's hard to come back and win this game".

"I think this is not the first time". It was a good first touch from the Belgian to take the sting of the ball, and an even better one to fire it into the roof of the net past Alex McCarthy. They still remain all but eliminated from the top four race, but at least they showed signs of a team, in the second half at least, fighting for something substantial.

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