Antonio Conte insists Chelsea 'found fire in their eyes' in comeback victory

Chelsea staged a spectacular comeback with three goals in nine second-half minutes to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud proved to be the catalyst for a remarkable fightback as the Blues came from behind to see off Southampton on a scoreline of 3-2 leaving Mark Hughes' side in deep relegation trouble. In between, Eden Hazard scored from close range as Southampton conceded three goals for the fourth successive game.

"I must be honest - I was very angry for our first half, because we didn't show great desire, great will to fight, great will to play in the right way", Conte said. Click the right arrow above to seeSport News's Chelsea player ratings...

"If we defend like we did today from set pieces then we could find ourselves two or three down and we're not going to get back in the game".

"I think in the second half we [could] finish the game [off]", Rudiger said last week. Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in the first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really.

"The most important thing is to show in every game the right passion and to fight until the end".

For the first ten minutes of the game, it looked as though it would be the Blues doing all the pressing but Southampton, who entered at odds as long of 7/1 with victor to triumph, rapidly grew into the match.


However, Conte's opposite number Mark Hughes was unhappy that Alonso had escaped a red card and has called for the player to receive a retrospective ban ahead of next week's FA Cup semi-final between the two clubs. I was very disappointed.

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

Bednarek marked his Premier League debut in style when he half-volleyed expertly across the goal and into the far corner from Ward-Prowse's free-kick on the hour mark.

"We are having a hard season and we know this, but especially in this situation I think you can see the men before the players".

Chelsea's central defenders kept the ball alive inside the box from Hazard's cross, before Giroud's quick-shot half-volley put Chelsea into the lead.

The unbelievable comeback was completed just eight minutes after Chelsea's first goal.

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