Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Antonio Conte SLAMS Chelsea for first-half display in Southampton win

Antonio Conte SLAMS Chelsea for first-half display in Southampton win

Antonio Conte's men won 3-2 away at Southampton on Saturday, but the Blues needed to rally after going 2-0 down by the hour mark.

Rodgers, who is looking to win back-to-back trebles with the Hoops, worked under Jose Mourinho as head youth coach of the Chelsea academy between 2004 and 2006 before becoming manager of the club's reserves.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he was angered and disappointed by his side's lack of "desire" and "will to fight" in the first half, but also pleased by their reaction in the second half.

"In the previous games Morata scored against Leicester and Tottenham". This term, no Chelsea player made the six-man list.

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Southampton had got off to a ideal start thanks to a former Chelsea player as Ryan Bertrand burst past Cesar Azpilicueta before squaring for Tadic to apply a simple finish.

Visiting inroads were few and far between beyond that in the first half, however, with Marcos Alonso lucky to avoid a yellow card for a clumsy challenge when seemingly standing on Shane Long's calf.

But the Belgium goalkeeper was helpless in the 60th minute.

However, that was simply not to be, as super-sub Olivier Giroud came on in the 61 minute and scored a handsome goal in the 70 minute, before Hazard was able to equalize in the 75.

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Third-placed Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at home with Mohamed Salah taking his goal tally for the season to 40 in all competitions - making him only the third Liverpool player to achieve that mark in a single campaign. If the Eagles are victorious over the Seagulls, then Southampton would be four points adrift of safety.

Key Opta stats: - Southampton have lost consecutive Premier League games after scoring 2+ goals for the first time ever.

Conte, however, dismissed the suggestion that his players could lose interest in their remaining Premier League matches as a result of their situation. Given this scenario, it's small wonder that many of Chelsea's star players appear to have lost their focus - distracted perhaps by the approaching World Cup and/or the prospect of a transfer elsewhere. "This is the best way for a player to show that they are a fantastic professional". Of course we want to at least finish ahead of Arsenic in the English charts, but why endanger our FA Cup hopes with overuse of the same players this Thursday and Sunday?

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