What Giroud Said To Hazard After Replacing Morata In Thrilling Chelsea Comeback

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"The important thing is to play with a great intensity and fight from the beginning until the end".

Chelsea overturned a two-goal Premier League deficit for the first time since their 3-2 win over Charlton in 2002, when Claudio Ranieri was boss.

He has also insisted that his players must share the responsibility for the decline that means last season's Premier League champions are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this year.

Sarri, 59, has helped Napoli mount a serious challenge to Juventus's long-standing dominance of Serie A this season, though they now trail the Turin club by four points with seven matches left.

Ran a really poor line tracking Ryan Bertrand and trying to get back into position for Dusan Tadic's first-half goal but was otherwise sound enough defensively. But rather than give a penalty and send the defender off, referee Mike Dean played on, allowing Long to get up, and in one quick movement turn and shoot.

"Especially in this type of situation, when there is great difficulty, you must show yourself first to be a man and then a player". It paved the way for lame exits in the Carabao Cup and Champions League as well as the slide out of the Premier League's top four.

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Giroud completed the turnaround with his second, and Chelsea's third, in the space of eight minutes as the Blues finally showed some of the fighting spirit that they had been sorely lacking in recent weeks.

Southampton stayed in the relegation zone with five games left, and manager Mark Hughes was aggrieved that Alonso avoided punishment for a studs-up challenge on Shane Long in the first half. "We have never commented about the negative refereeing decisions, especially after the game". I said in the second half that we must be pleased because I saw the right fire and desire in my players.

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"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.

He then went onto add "At the same time, to have the possibility to play Gary Cahill is right".