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Chelsea player ratings: Southampton (A)

Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring against Southampton Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring against Southampton
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Abril, 2018, 10:38

Alexander-Arnold clipped a pass over Ake's head and on to Salah, who nodded superbly over Begovic and into the net for his 40th goal of a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield.

The Chelsea forward's optimism for his team is definitely applaudable.

Klopp acknowledged on Friday the forthcoming tie with Roma would be at the forefront of fans' minds, but his immediate priority of securing a top-four league finish was evident by the fact he made just one change to his team.

"Can Serri terminate his contract?"

"I didn't say we were going to score both me and him but I thought if we score it might put them in a bad position".

"We missed the first 25 minutes", said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals next week.

While Chelsea managed to eke out a win, the outgoing champions' fall from grace was reflected in the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award that was announced yesterday.

Highlights Southampton 2-3 Chelsea                                       Highlights Southampton 2-3 Chelsea
Highlights Southampton 2-3 Chelsea Highlights Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Goal.com Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella thinks he's solved the mystery, writing "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".

"A good win but for me it was important to see the right spirit, the right passion and enthusiasm in the second half", Conte said in his post-match interview. The Spaniard was at fault for failing to stop former-Chelsea man Ryan Bertrand as he supplied Dusan Tadic with Southampton's opener. However, he scored with a safe finish and was important in all three goals as his off the ball movement was good too. "It should have been a red card, clearly".

Chelsea are seeking a fifth consecutive league win against the Saints for the first time in our history.

With 20 minutes left in the match, it looked to be like another Chelsea collapse. Early goals from Cris Wood and Kevin Long gave the Clarets a two-goal lead at half time. Now it is time for Conte to recognise reality, too.

The club captain retained his place following the draw with the Hammers and showed typical passion and the sort of commitment and urgency that needs to be standard throughout the team.

Four losses in a row spells trouble for Southampton.

The Blues kept their slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as Giroud inspired an eight-minute turnaround from 0-2 down at St Mary's Stadium.