Olivier Giroud scripts great Chelsea escape against Southampton

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Conte managed to change Chelsea's fortunes by bringing on Olivier Giroud who scored two goals, either side Eden Hazard's strike, as Chelsea ran out 3-2 winners.

The London club said an "unprecedented response" from fans to an appeal for information regarding the alleged incidents had led them to take their case to UEFA, European football's governing body. Chelsea took all three points in their race for a Champions League spot, while Southampton sit three points from safety and are in heavy danger.

They are chasing the Reds once again this term as well as Tottenham, but face a huge fight in achieving their target. With just one win from their last 20 Premier League matches, their hopes of staying in the division are looking very bleak indeed right now.

The former Chelsea left-back powered past Cesar Azpilicueta into the box and squared for Tadic to sidefoot home for his first league goal since December.

The Blues got a double from striker Olivier Giroud, who moved from rival Arsenal in January, and essentially completed the final phase of his move to Stamford Bridge today.

Having gone down 2-0 through goals from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek, it should have been curtains for the Blues.

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Just before half time, Chelsea were lucky not to be reduced to 10-men after Marcos Alonso's nasty challenge from behind on Shane Long saw nothing given.

Key Opta stats: - Southampton have lost consecutive Premier League games after scoring 2+ goals for the first time ever. I did not tell him that we are going to score, but I believed the first goal that we score maybe puts Southampton in a bad position and we succeeded to make it, and it is very nice for the team'.

"We have six games to play in the league; if we win the six games but don't finish in the top four, at least we did everything". This is the best possible way for a player to show they are a fantastic professional'.

Conte added: 'I was a player, and the players must play every game, and not for me, but for the club, and for the fans. "I think we've still got enough to get out of this".

"As has been the case all year apparently we've got a soft underbelly", said Saints boss Mark Hughes, whose three Premier League games in charge have now all ended in defeats.