Goals from Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek looked to have put Saints in control, but Giroud's introduction on 61 minutes proved decisive.
They are also seven points off a place in the top four in the English Premier League, but the Italian manager has denied suggestions that the players came to the party against Southampton to help him avoid the sack at the end of the season.
In an age where the men's award has become as much a matter of political manoeuvring as actual excellence, the announcement showed how players in the women's game had dropped team loyalties to vote for true quality.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, however, things have not exactly gone according to plan for Giroud.
A strong finish to the season and winning the FA Cup would maintain Conte's reputation as one of the best coaches in world football. We want to improve our position. They have to play for the club, for our fans, and to show great character like they did in this game.
Teatime Sunday, prime time on the BBC, and the incredible progress made on the Blues' march towards domination was clear for all to see.Читайте также: Chicharito y West Ham rescatan el empate ante el Stoke City
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.
Five minutes later Hazard levelled by smashing home Willian's cross from close range.
The Northern Irishman was axed by Liverpool in October 2015 before moving up to Scotland to enjoy what has been two trophy-laden seasons at Celtic Park.
With Southampton reeling, Giroud then completed Chelsea's comeback when he pounced on a loose ball inside the area to drive into the bottom corner.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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