Conte slams first-half display but salutes Chelsea reaction

"It was a poor challenge, a really poor challenge", Hughes said. I am disappointed that the officials didn't see it.

The victory kept the Reds in third, 10 points ahead off Chelsea, rounding off a fine week for after they also booked a Champions League semi-final against Roma by beating Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate with a second-leg win on Tuesday.

Chelsea are often accused of "lacking leaders" these days, just like Giroud's former team, so it is a bit unexpected that the former Arsenal man would be the one to step up and lead the way, but that's precisely what happened today.

"It was a poor tackle, it was a tackle that thankfully had no drastic consequences for Shane".

The Premier League's leading scorer joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush in the 40 club with a brilliant second-half header that added to Sadio Mane's early strike and preceded Roberto Firmino's late goal.

"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".

Southampton led the game with two goals scored by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek. The France global scored twice and Eden Hazard also found the net as Chelsea struck three times in the space of eight minutes to secure a morale-boosting win.

"He scored but we changed something in the second half and the difference was the approach, the spirit and the will to fight and try not to lose another game".

This came just a week after Rudiger's comments appeared to call into question Chelsea's ability to see out games, after Javier Hernandez's goal denied them another win last week. "I think we didn't show great spirit, great desire, great fight for a good result".

He said: 'I think in the second half we could finish the game but like the last few months, we didn't and we conceded.

"We are having a hard season and we know this, but especially in this situation I think you can see the men before the players".

"If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to come back and win".

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