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Mark Hughes manager of Southampton is seen on the touchline during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium

Mark Hughes manager of Southampton is seen on the touchline during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium

Azpi looked off the pace but grew into the game and was concentrated enough in the second half to thwart off any attacks.

Olivier Giroud was relieved to get his first Premier League goals for Chelsea after a frustrating few weeks as he netted twice to inspire a comeback in their 3-2 win at Southampton on Saturday.

But Giroud came on to score two goals while Hazard and added another.

"After 15 minutes I said we'd be champions, after what happened and we reacted", said Guardiola, who will be on the golf course with his son when United play on Sunday. Fans will be waiting for the Blues to bounce back! Shane Long was expertly denied by Thibaut Courtois before the break, but Jan Bednarek soon gave Southampton breathing space when he volleyed in James Ward-Prowse's deep delivery with 60 minutes gone. Had those matches gone their way, they could have comfortably been just above midtable and perhaps fighting for a Europa League spot. This is because it is difficult to watch the game images but I think in the past I have never complained about a negative situation for my team.

"I used to say that football is an everlasting new beginning". He was uncompromising in defence and in general, was one of the pioneers of the comeback.

"We are disappointed clearly with the goals we've conceded".

CHELSEA MANAGER ANTONIO Conte has refused to comment on Marcos Alonso's controversial tackle during the 3-2 victory away to Southampton.

Chelsea survived a horrific scare whilst Southampton blew a two-goal lead as Antonio Conte's men took three important points from St. Mary's.

The Belgian tried his best to create something but was let down by Alvaro Morata's positioning. That is the club's most lethal goal/assist partnership since the league changed in 1992/93. They'll be needing their fellow clubs just above them to make some mistakes along the way.

The club captain retained his place following the draw with the Hammers and showed typical passion and the sort of commitment and urgency that needs to be standard throughout the team.

There was a lack of intensity from both sides at the start of the second period, understandable given the early advantage Liverpool claimed and Bournemouth's position well clear of the relegation zone.

Four losses in a row spells trouble for Southampton.

Third-placed Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at home with Mohamed Salah taking his goal tally for the season to 40 in all competitions - making him only the third Liverpool player to achieve that mark in a single campaign.

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