Olivier Giroud The Hero As Chelsea Fight Back Against Southampton

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Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes as they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 away to Southampton. Dusan Tadic fired Mark Hughes’ side into a first-half lead, before Jan Bedernak’s effort doubled the Saints’ lead. Olivier Giroud was then introduced by Antonio Conte, and the Frenchman pulled one back for the Blues. Eden Hazard then levelled for Chelsea, before Giroud netted again to complete the turnaround. Here’s who impressed in Chelsea’s win on Saturday:

3. Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso caused arguably the game’s biggest talking point – and not because of his performance. The Spaniard caused outrage after a horrific challenge on Shane Long, which should’ve resulted in his sending off. Referee Mike Dean only booked Alonso, and in the second half, the left wing-back provided a brilliant cross for Giroud for the Blues’ first. Not the best performance from Alonso, but his performance has caused a serious talking point following the horror challenge.

2. Eden Hazard

After a few games without a goal and assist, the Belgian really needed to end his mini-drought at the weekend. After a frustrating first half, where Southampton didn’t allow him to get forward and express himself. However, the second half saw Hazard get forward more often. He finished emphatically from close range to equalise for Chelsea, and he showed how much it meant to him, as he tapped the badge in front of the travelling away fans. Although he wasn’t at his best on Saturday, Chelsea really need to keep hold of Hazard this summer.

1. Olivier Giroud

Since making the January move from Arsenal, Olivier Giroud’s Chelsea career hasn’t really got going yet. After a few good performances, he’s dropped for Alvaro Morata and reduced to ten minutes of action from the bench. He was given half an hour to impress on Saturday, and proved to Antonio Conte why he should be a regular starter. The Frenchman pulled one back with a trademark header less than ten minutes after being brought on. Giroud completed the turnaround eight minutes later with a brilliant finish on his left foot. He looks better in Chelsea’s side than Morata, and should start over the Spaniard on Thursday and Sunday.

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Ryan Payne
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