Chelsea extend Premier League lead with 4-2 win over Southampton
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 2:15
"A big psychological step after the defeat against United". Because, against United, we lost three points and then you had to prepare a semi-final against Tottenham. The situation in the league is totally open.
"Chelsea away is, of course, maybe the toughest game this year, but I think that we have the possibility to get the result".
Costa's goals had dried up recently and Conte was quick to remind everyone that he had expected them to return before the end of the season.
Chelsea energised by their 4-2 win over Spurs in last weekend's FA Cup semifinal, got two goals from Diego Costa, who had gone seven matches without scoring, reports Xinhua news agency. It was the time for their star forward player Deigo Costa to score the goal. Goals are your life.
Whatever Antonio Conte said to his players in the dressing room proved effective as the team emerged from the half-time break more determined and decisive. He has always worked for the team. now he must continue. "I was confident because I was seeing the team have a great will and a great desire to win". "It s important to look at ourselves and not the other (Spurs)". "We went in at half-time with our tails up and it was a big boost for us and I'm sure it deflated them". He added to his tally after two brilliant one-twos with Eden Hazard and Pedro to seal off the game.
Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill scored in the first half for Chelsea, while former Blues duo Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand replied for Saints as Conte's men conceded for an 11th successive Premier League game.More news: Canadian woman faces human smuggling charges
Chelsea had no concerns with Diego Costa despite his longest goal drought since arriving at the club despite his dry spell threatening to derail the Blues' relentless charge towards the Premier League title, says Gary Cahill.
Cahill's goal came after his former Chelsea team-mate Oriol Romeu had levelled proceedings, and the England global acknowledged his header came at the ideal time.
Chelsea beat Southampton 4-2 in the Premier League match on Tuesday, April 25.
But manager Claude Puel, whose side remain ninth, drew encouragement from the moments of discomfort the visitors managed to cause Chelsea.
Conte said that he had given club captain John Terry a late substitute cameo to "thank" him, following the centerback's recent announcement that he is to leave the club at the end of the season. Villarreal are just about still in the race for a Champions League spot, closing the gap to Sevilla to five points before the latter's game on Wednesday.