Chelsea can still make top four – Giroud

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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.

They are still trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by seven points.

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

“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.”

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Meanwhile, Antonio Conte refused to be drawn on whether Marcos Alonso should face retrospective action for a challenge on Southampton forward Shane Long.

Saints boss Mark Hughes insisted Blues wide-man Alonso should have been sent off and ought to still be punished.

But Chelsea boss Conte said: “I must be honest and say I didn’t see this.

“In the past I have never complained for a negative situation for my team, and I have the same behaviours also in this.

“I didn’t see it, and I can’t comment on this situation.”