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Giroud still targeting top four spot

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

By Nick Purewal

Olivier Giroud has refused to let Chelsea give up on even the slightest chance of Champions League qualification.

The substitute struck twice as Chelsea scored three times in eight minutes for a 3-2 comeback victory at Southampton.

The France striker then channelled that never-say-die spirit again when insisting the Blues cannot admit defeat in their top-four quest, despite still trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by seven points.

"As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe," said Giroud.

"So we take the games one by one and we have maybe five or six finals to play. Let's do the job and we will see what the other teams do."

Relegation-threatened Southampton stunned Chelsea by sweeping into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek.

The Blues turned the game on its head thanks to Giroud's smart brace, however, and another neat finish from Eden Hazard.

Giroud hailed his first two league goals for Chelsea and then paid tribute to the character of Antonio Conte's men.

"Obviously I was waiting for that," Giroud told Chelsea's official website.

"I have tried so many times to put it in the back of the net. When you are a striker you need to keep going and keep your confidence high, even if I have been playing a bit less recently."

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