Chelsea fans desperate to beat Southampton

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas were also drafted back into the starting XI following their game-winning performances off the bench during the FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham.

"My players showed me a great will and desire to win the game", Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.

But for the first time in over a month, his team have an opportunity to put pressure on Tottenham by playing before them, with Spurs crossing London to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

"Chelsea away is, of course, maybe the toughest game this year, but I think that we have the possibility to get the result". The Blues go into this game in buoyant mood having prevailed past Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to reach the FA Cup final.

"I think that every team must understand which are their priorities, and then try and understand which are the problems they are facing now, and the problems they could have in the future", he explained.

"To score at the end of the first half was very important".

"They are a fantastic team that want to win the title, but for us as well it is important to take points".

Tottenham fans have heaped praise on Oriol Romeu's display for Southampton on Twitter after he scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"In that moment we have had a big psychological test and our answer was very good".

Belgian global Eden Hazard continued his impressive form this term for Chelsea as he scored the first goal in the 5th minute after being set up by Diego Costa.

Chelsea's prospects of a double in Conte's first season in charge remain alive, with 12 points needed from the final five games to clinch the league title before the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal. Today I have to be pleased with the effort of my players.

"Honestly, I don't know", Conte said. "It will be a great loss next season to lose a player like this".

"It could be that one team needs, for example, only one or two players because they already have a very strong squad. It's important to look at ourselves and not the other (Spurs)". Sometimes he was unlucky in different circumstances, but I was always confident about him.

  • Julie Sanders