Chelsea claim first win from 2-0 down since 2002

Laurent Blanc

Chelsea claim first win from 2-0 down since 2002

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. "We have never commented about the negative refereeing decisions, especially after the game".

Eden Hazard and a double from substitute Olivier Giroud helped Chelsea turn things around within 10 minutes, breaking the hearts of Southampton fans.

The first half was a horror show from the Londoners, the second-half showed what they could do, when they put their collective minds to it. You always need to question yourself, I've been through some difficulties in my career.

And although Conte was impressed with the comeback - the first time Chelsea had come from two goals down to win a league game since 2002 - he was keen to ensure people knew his opinion of their first-half display.

The result, coupled with the fact that Tottenham beat Stoke the day before, meant Chelsea's hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League were fading fast ahead of their journey south to face the Saints. "When the momentum shifts against us we can't get a platform and wait until the momentum swings our way again".

Southampton got their reward for a good start after 20 minutes as Ryan Bertrand's blistering run down the left ended with the ball being cut back to Dusan Tadic, who tapped it in past Thibaut Courtois. "We didn't show great spirit, desire, will to fight to win this game".

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Chelsea are eyeing Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri as a replacement for Antonio Conte. "If you don't have something in you're heart, it's hard to come back and win this game".

First, Giroud expertly met a cross from Marcos Alonso, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Shane Long.

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.

"From the beginning we were convinced we could win this game but they are a top team".

He did eventually threaten just before the half-hour mark, heading over from close range, but at that stage Chelsea had already been trailing for six minutes.

Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud.

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