Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: Three match takeaways

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Jan Bednarek admits that Southampton "lost concentration" as they blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Chelsea on Saturday. That is what we have done until the end and we are very proud of what we have done in this game with our incredible support from our fans.

However, he also credited their recovery, as Olivier Giroud's brace sandwiched a goal from Eden Hazard to complete the comeback and secure Chelsea three points to keep them in the hunt for the top four.

Eden Hazard levelled with an emphatic finish before Giroud - just eight minutes after his first - got a second to leave Saints deflated and defeated.

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

'As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe, ' said Giroud, 'so we take the games one by one and we have maybe five or six finals to play.

Rudiger's omission from the side will see his future at the club brought into question as a number of other top sides were keen on purchasing him last summer. "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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Chelsea FC are still aiming to finish the season with a trophy and they will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next weekend. It was suggested that Chelsea looked like they weren't playing for the manager as they struggled until that point, but Conte denies that was the case.

But Antonio Conte would throw on Olivier Giroud in place of Alvaro Morata, and the Frenchman set things in motion with a remarkable header to halve the Saints' lead. In the second [half] I saw a great reaction, greater desire, the right way to win the game. If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win.

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

Chelsea were not finished though, and scored their third three minutes later when Giroud stroked a loose ball into the bottom corner to break Southampton hearts. James Ward-Prowse's free kick found Bednarek, who lost his marker and finished well from close range to mark his Premier League debut with a goal.

And Giroud showed what he is capable of with a fearless near post header from Alonso's pinpoint cross to get Chelsea back in the game and spark an incredible fightback 20 minutes from time.

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