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Posté le: Mer 18 Avr - 07:13 (2018) Sujet du message: Chelsea news: Eden Hazard reveals surprise reason Giroud des
sbobet online 24 OLIVIER GIROUD was fully deserving of his post-match praise after coming from the bench to score twice and inspire Chelsea's Premier League defeat of Southampton at the weekend because he gives everything on and off the pitch. The Blues were staring at another damning defeat as they trailed the relegation-threatened Saints 2-0 after 60 minutes at St Mary's.
But Giroud’s introduction shortly after the hour mark was the catalyst for a comeback as he headed in from Marcos Alonso’s cross with his first league goal since joining from Arsenal in January to narrow the deficit. Hazard then levelled himself before Giroud netted a second within an eight-minute three-goal turnaround, drilling into the bottom corner for a morale-boosting win on the South Coast.
And Hazard hailed the pivotal performance of his super-sub team-mate, with Chelsea having struggled in the first hour when Alvaro Morata led the line, for his efforts behind the scenes as well as on the pitch. The Belgian told Chelsea’s official website: “We know what Olivier is all about. We know his quality and he showed that against Southampton, as he made a great impact from the bench.
“He deserved this because he gives everything on the pitch and even when he isn’t on the pitch, he supports the team. “All the focus was on him and he deserved the Man of the Match award. He showed great character and great personality to play and to finish the game well for us.” sbobet online 24
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte declared himself “very angry” with their first-half performance but Hazard actually felt his side played well until Dusan Tadic handed the hosts the advantage on 21 minutes. “We spoke together in the dressing room at half-time and we showed great character to come back and win the game,” he added.
“I actually thought we started the game fairly well. The first 10 or 15 minutes we were in control of the game but then they scored the goal and things changed. “We were a little bit down and were trying to play off the ball, but that wasn’t working because Southampton were defending very well. “After they scored the second goal we had to make some changes and you saw what happened after that! It was a great comeback and we were all very happy to get the win.”
Chelsea remain set to miss out on next season’s Champions League though they can narrow the gap to fourth-placed Tottenham to five points if they beat Burnley away from home on Thursday (7.45pm). But FA Cup glory is within their sights as they prepare to face Southampton again, this time at Wembley, in the final four of the competition on Sunday (3pm).
Hazard added: “We are happy with this win and we want to do the same against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final. We want to go through and get to the final, for sure. “We know that the game will be completely different [to the league game] but Southampton will also know after the way we’ve come back, that we are ready to do everything to get the result we need.” sbobet online 24
Posté le: Jeu 10 Mai - 11:52 (2018) Sujet du message: Leicester City's great performance against Arsenal was for t
Leicester City's great performance against Arsenal was for the fans, says Claude Puel
sbobet8888Leicester City manager Claude Puel hailed the "great performance" that saw his side beat Arsenal 3-1 in their final home game of the season on Wednesday night. The Foxes came into the clash on the back of a dispiriting five-game winless run in the Premier League, a sequence of results that had placed question marks over the Frenchman's future at the club.
However, Leicester's first league win over Arsenal since 1994 - 22 matches ago - saw the Foxes end their season on a high at the King Power, with Puel delighted with how his team responded to recent setbacks. "The most important thing is the spirit, pressing and conviction," said Puel after the game. "It was a great performance. They gave their best and it was important to finish (at home) with a strong game. sbobet8888
"They played with strong conviction and quality. Beating [Arsenal manager] Arsene [Wenger] is not important for me." Leicester made the breakthrough thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho's 14th-minute strike, before Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off just 90 seconds later. Arsenal briefly fought back to level matters early in the second half via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's ninth goal since joining the club.
However, Leicester scored twice more in the final 15 minutes via Jamie Vardy's penalty and Riyad Mahrez's well-taken effort to send their fans home happy. "It's a good feeling to win our last home game of the season," said Puel. "The players wanted to reward the fans tonight, they put in place all the ingredients to win." sbobet8888