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Southampton 2-3 Chelsea, Premier League: Tactical Analysis

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea, Premier League: Tactical Analysis

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left out Antonio Rudiger for his side's 3-2 win at Southampton as punishment for his tactical criticism of his side's collapse at Stamford Bridge last weekend against West Ham United.

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.

Antonio Conte took the blame for a "very disappointing" first half from Chelsea before their late comeback win at Southampton on Saturday.

"In the second half we showed great character, great reaction, great desire to win the game".

Another tough test is on its way for Conte and his men as we prepare for the trip to high-flying Burnley on Thursday. We need to finish this season in the best possible way.

With Southampton's more aggressive approach to look for the second goal also meant that Chelsea no longer had the same problems with combinations as they did in the first half, since they could rely on Willian and Hazard to dribble forward into space and past opponents. "We have never commented about the negative refereeing decisions, especially after the game".




Meanwhile, Conte did have words for his side's poor performance for the first 60 minutes of the contest, which saw the Blues fall 2-0 behind following goals by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek. The most important thing is to always play with a great intensity, with a great will to fight from the start until the end.

Huddersfield rises to 14th with 35 points, which may already be enough for safety although its hard run-in pits it against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in its final three games.

First, Giroud expertly met a cross from Marcos Alonso, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Shane Long in the first half, and then he fired in a low shot for his first league goals for Chelsea.

Southampton lie three points from safety and while Hughes appears to have made them more unsafe going forward - they had scored just 29 goals in 30 Premier League matches prior to his appointment - their defensive fragility, mental as much as physical, was exposed as soon as Giroud entered the fray. Replays showed Mike Dean must have seen the incident and how the Spaniard escaped a card of any sort was very surprising.

But Olivier Giroud came on for Alvaro Morata to give hope for the visitors and Eden Hazard levelled minutes later before the former Arsenal striker settled the affair on 75th minute.


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