For the 18th time in Premier League, Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score, this time to break the hearts of Southampton as his brace helped Chelsea to overturn a two-goal deficit to claim all three points at St Mary’s.
Whilst the result for the Blues only moves them to within seven points of the top four, the defeat for Southampton is very consequential as they remain three points away from safety with just five games remaining.
Following the win, Chelsea fans have taken to Twitter to express their views on both Giroud and Alvaro Morata, with many supporters demanding manager Antonio Conte to drop the former Real Madrid striker for the Frenchman.
Giroud’s winning goal
Super-sub Giroud strikes again! 🚀
Southampton have surrendered a 2-goal lead and now find themselves 3-2 down thanks to this strike! 😳
Giroud’s well-driven shot in a compact penalty area sealed a big win for Conte as his side performed a miraculous comeback.
The former Arsenal player was yet again forced to come off the bench, with Morata being given the nod to start against Southampton.
After being withdrawn at 2-0 down, Morata was replaced by Giroud, with the 31-year-old inspiring Chelsea to score three in the space of just eight minutes and avoid yet another disappointing Premier League result.
Start Giroud. pic.twitter.com/mcGrZeT8Gx
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) April 14, 2018
There he is again!
Hold my hands up, too. I never rated Giroud at Arsenal, probably allowing supporter bias to play a big part.
But look at this, he’s changed this game. In a team lacking character, he has it in abundance. No lack of courage to do what he has since coming on.
— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) April 14, 2018
I just want to thank Olivier Giroud personally for always giving his best and performing every time he played – instant sub.
You deserve to play every game.
— WorldWideChels – ConteTweets (@WorldWideChels) April 14, 2018
Can we just maybe start Giroud from now on? Does that sound like a good idea?
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) April 14, 2018