Why Chelsea defender Rudiger has been frozen out by manager Conte

Tyler Owen
April 15, 2018

With that result, Chelsea rose to fifth place in Premier League's standing table with 60 points, while Southampton is in 18th place with 28 points, meaning it may be among the teams to suffer relegation to the lower division.

Having gone down 2-0 through goals from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek, it should have been curtains for the Blues. It was hard for us to come back so we must be pleased by the desire we showed.

The Blues traveled to St Mary's on the back of three successive away defeats in the Premier League and a home draw with West Ham the week before and in danger of finishing outside the top four for the second time in three seasons.

Giroud netted on either side of a goal from Eden Hazard. I don't understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession.

"We changed something in the second half but the difference was the approach, the desire, the will to fight to try not to lose another game". We need to finish this season in the best possible way.

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Vandana took the field with bandage on her forehead and immediately made an impact as India got three consecutive penalty corners. Manish, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to local favourite Harry Garside, again on a split decision.

Southampton stayed in the relegation zone with five games left, and manager Mark Hughes was aggrieved that Alonso avoided punishment for a studs-up challenge on Shane Long in the first half. If they decide we can't fight in the right way, I'm the first person to take responsibility.

'I think in the second half we (could) finish the game (off). I didn't say we're going to score, but I believe the first goal we scored put them in a bad position. But Antonio Conte would throw on Olivier Giroud in place of Alvaro Morata, and the Frenchman set things in motion with a remarkable header to halve the Saints' lead.

He said: "I am happy for Giroud".

And although Conte was impressed with the comeback - the first time Chelsea had come from two goals down to win a league game since 2002 - he was keen to ensure people knew his opinion of their first-half display.

We're not convinced. Players have fallen out with Conte in the past and subsequently been frozen out, a la David Luiz.

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