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Antonio Conte is relishing having a fully-fit Olivier Giroud available for selection after the Frenchman ended a frustrating run without a Premier League goal for the club against Southampton on Saturday.

Conte told Sky Sports after the match that "A good win but for me it was important to see the right spirit, the right passion and enthusiasm in the second half, ' the Italian said". Speaking after the London derby, Rudiger was quoted as saying: "I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off)".

"In the second half we showed great character, great reaction, great desire to win the game". We went 2-0 down but had the right spirit to come back and win.

"I am disappointed in the first half, I am the first to take the fault for that, but in the second half my players deserved credit".

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored twice, his first league goals for Chelsea, either side of an Eden Hazard strike just when it looked like Antonio Conte's visitors lacked the fight against opponents who scrapped for every tackle at St Mary's. Olivier we know very well, we are talking about global players. "No-one deserves this type of season".


"When you're a striker you need to keep going, keep the confidence high, even if I play a little less in the last few weeks". "It should have been a red card, clearly".

The Southampton boss said: "It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge".

The week of epic comebacks continues with Chelsea being the latest to join the list.

"Those are key moments and referees have got to get them right, maybe that's why the [Premier League] referees are not at the World Cup this year".

Chelsea were not much better immediately after the restart and, after failing to heed a warning courtesy of Shane Long, the Saints' lead was doubled thanks to a fine finish from Bednarek, who was making his first start for the club. I have been through difficulties in my career, other times I tried to come back stronger.


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