Southampton 2-3 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

Chelsea defeated Southampton at St. Mary's to secure their fourth Premier League win of the calendar year in dramatic fashion.

The Blues looked like they were heading for another defeat after going two goals down just after the hour mark.

At half time, as Chelsea stumbled in 1-0 down to struggling Southampton, it was tempting to wonder whether Antonio Conte would make it to the Wembley when his side meet Southampton again in the FA Cup semifinal later this month. Southampton go into the game inside the relegation zone and with games running out fast, Mark Hughes will know that three points against his old club this afternoon is a must.

Ryan Bertrand's bursting run down the left-hand side from the half way line exposed César Azpilicueta who was out-paced and out-muscled in the penalty box, allowing Tadic to be teed up for a simple finish on the six-yard line.

Long nearly doubled Southampton's lead early in the second period when he turned Andres Christensen and Gary Cahill before his mishit effort almost looped over Courtois, who scrambled to turn the ball behind.

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Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud. Clearly, with Chelsea down to 10 men and us in first half on the ascendancy, it is a slant on the game really.

It was level-pegging four minutes later after Willian fired the ball low across the area to find Hazard, who took a touch before rifling the ball into the back of the net. A comeback was on the card from that moment.

With four minutes left on the clock, Chelsea brought in Victor Moses for Hazard as Conte's men held on to clinch a remarkable comeback victory and keep their slim top four hopes alive.

The Blues are seven points behind Tottenham and Liverpool but the two sides have a game in hand.

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