Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Antonio Conte Angered By Chelsea's Lack of Desire in First Half

Some have questioned Eden Hazard's form of late Some have questioned Eden Hazard's form of late
Eugene Bates | 15 April, 2018, 00:58

Chelsea have closed the gap to 7 points on fourth placed Tottenham who have a game in hand.

Chelsea got a third goal from Eden Hazard, and went on to win 3-2. They played so well for the first 69 minutes and deserved to lead 2-0, but the substitute Olivier Giroud inspired another insane comeback in this memorable week of football.

But Giroud showed what he is capable of with a fearless near post header from Alonso's pinpoint cross to get Chelsea back in the game with his first league goal for the club and spark an incredible fightback 20 minutes from time.

Less positive news for Chelsea is the fact that Marcos Alonso could face a Football Association charge for a stamp on Shane Long that went unseen and unpunished by referee Mike Dean shortly before half-time.

"We showed great character and team spirit". Speaking after the London derby, Rudiger was quoted as saying: "I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off)". We need to finish this season in the best possible way.

"I don't why the desire wasn't there but the coach is the first person to have the fault".

"We didn't show great desire and great will to fight". But Antonio Conte would throw on Olivier Giroud in place of Alvaro Morata, and the Frenchman set things in motion with a remarkable header to halve the Saints' lead.

The France international's Chelsea career has been largely frustrating since he joined from Arsenal in January as he has struggled with injuries and had to be satisfied with substitute appearances for the most part, but Conte says Giroud is now in good shape and he is happy with his striking options.

Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen were picked at the heart of Conte's defence and there was no room for former Roma player Antonio Rudiger due to comments that he made in the media.

"In every game we must play with great passion, spirit".

Given the earlier scoreline, it really should have been game over, given that the Blues hadn't come back to win from 2-0 down in a Premier League game in 16 years.

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