"I'm very disappointed for the first half, and I'm the first to take fault for it, but in the second my players deserve credit".
Chelsea maintained their faint hopes of a top-four finish by scoring three times in eight minutes to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton in a result warmly welcomed by Saints' relegation rivals.
Then lo and behold, Monsieur Giroud reminded us why we bothered to buy him in the first place, cementing his reputation as a marvellous impact substitute.
The Southampton manager faces Chelsea again next Sunday in the FA Cup and has called for the player to receive a retrospective ban, after referee Mike Dean appeared to miss the incident.
"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", said Giroud as Chelsea closed to within seven points of Spurs in fourth.
Southampton had got off to a flawless start thanks to a former Chelsea player as Ryan Bertrand burst past Cesar Azpilicueta before squaring for Tadic to apply a simple finish. But the Frenchman knew what had to be done, and his low strike in the 78 minute helped Chelsea secure all three points. We take the games one by one.
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The Blues turned the game on its head thanks to Giroud's smart brace, however, and another neat finish from Eden Hazard.
Given the earlier scoreline, it really should have been game over, given that the Blues hadn't come back to win from 2-0 down in a Premier League game in 16 years.
"I saw a great reaction after half-time, the right will to fight, the right desire to win this game, despite the difficulties because they went 2-0 up".
Five minutes later Hazard levelled by smashing home Willian's cross from close range.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Alonso supplied a fine left-footed delivery into the box and Giroud was on hand to power in an unstoppable header from 12 yards out.