Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: Antonio Conte's men rated and slated

Eden Hazard

Chelsea are facing an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League's top four this season and will surely need to win at Turf Moor if they are to stand any chance of reeling in either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool.

However, a disastrous eight-minute spell midway through the second half saw Chelsea strike three times to condemn Southampton to a 3-2 defeat.

Huddersfield and Crystal Palace took full advantage with vital wins over Watford and Brighton to leave Southampton five points off safety.

"Obviously I was waiting for it", said the former Arsenal striker.

Roberto Firmino then rounded off a ideal afternoon for Liverpool's prolific front three by drilling low past Begovic for a third in stoppage time.

That's it. It's better for me to play very bad and, at the end of the game, we win 1-0. They would hope Spurs lose to Manchester City later on Saturday to keep their search for a UEFA Champions League place for next season alive.

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It was only after Giroud's introduction in the 61st minute that Chelsea took charge, as the France worldwide scored twice either side of an emphatic Eden Hazard finish to wrap up an unlikely victory and leave Southampton languishing in the bottom three.

"I'm very happy for him [Giroud]", said Conte in his post-match press conference.

But, with Mark Hughes seemingly on course for a first league victory as Southampton manager since arriving on 14 March, Giroud sparked a listless Chelsea into life.

"In the first half we didn't play well but not just that, they put more into the tempo than us".

Dusan Tadic's opener, a placed effort following Ryan Bertrand's marauding run, and Polish defender Jan Bednarek's left-footed shot looked to be lifting Saints out of the bottom three.

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