Premier League champions Chelsea have boosted their slim hopes of securing a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) following their impressive comeback win at relegation threatened Southampton.
Dusan Tadic tapped in from close range to give the Saints the lead before debutant Jan Bnedarek doubled the advantage in the second half thus paving the way for an impressive comeback from Antonio Conte’s men.
Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud came on for the disappointing Alvaro Morata and he wasted no time in reducing the deficit for the Blues before Hazard equalised within five minutes.
Giroud added a third goal to overturn the game in Chelsea’s favour with all three goals coming within a nine-minute second half spell.
Chelsea, in fifth place, (60 points) thereafter held on for the points to move within seven points of the last UCL place occupied by Tottenham Hotspur (67 points) while Southampton (28 points) stay in the bottom three (18th spot).