Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored twice as Chelsea came from two goals down to win 3-2 away to Southampton. Dusan Tadic fired the Saints into a first-half lead, before Jan Bednarek netted on his Southampton debut to double the scoreline. Frenchman, Giroud came off the bench and pulled one back with a trademark header, and Eden Hazard levelled shortly after. Antonio Conte’s side claimed all three points through Giroud, whose left foot effort nestled into the bottom corner for Chelsea’s third. A superb comeback from the Blues, here’s who impressed in the 3-2 win:

Thibaut Courtois – 6

Could do nothing about either goal, and made a number of good saves to limit the scoreline, particularly from Shane Long’s effort.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

Struggled in the build-up to Southampton’s first, with Davide Zappacosta leaving him a lot of work to do. A much improved second half, however.

Andreas Christensen – 6

Calm and composed with the ball as usual, and coped well with the threat of Long going forward.

Gary Cahill – 5

Misjudged the flight of the ball for Southampton’s second as Bednarek was left unmarked. Comfortable at times, however.

Davide Zappacosta – 5

Not the best of displays to suggest why he should start over Moses. Failed to get back quick enough for the first, and was replaced after an hour.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Typical performance from Kante, as he controlled the midfield. Just need his teammates to match his standards.

Cesc Fabregas – 6

Always looked a threat going forward, and came close in the first half with a deflected effort.

Marcos Alonso – 7

Perhaps lucky to remain on the pitch after a horrible challenge on Long. Brilliant cross for Giroud for the Blues’ first.

Willian – 7

Set up Hazard for the equaliser, and looked great in attacking situations.

Alvaro Morata – 5

Didn’t offer too much as a striker, and was constantly beaten offensively by Yoshida. Rightfully taken off for Giroud.

Eden Hazard – 7

Always promising going forward, and equalised for Chelsea. It is imperative for the Blues’ future that they keep the Belgian this summer.


Olivier Giroud – 9

See what happens when he plays longer than ten minutes? Chelsea’s saviour, and his introduction completely changed the game. Deserves to start over Morata going forward.

Pedro – 6

Came on and helped the Blues turn the game around. Should be handed a start against Burnley on Thursday.

Victor Moses – N/A

Late substitute, and didn’t have enough time to make an impact.

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