Hazard, Conte inspire Chelsea to victory against Southampton

Ross Houston
April 26, 2017

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he is only focused on finishing the season on a high and is not thinking about his long-term future.

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Chelsea's prospects of a double in Conte's first season in charge remain alive, with 12 points needed from the final five games to clinch the league title before the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal.

The Blues are four wins away from clinching the Premier League title, but Tottenham are hot on their heels.

Conte stopped short of confirming he would restore both Hazard and Costa to his starting team on Tuesday, saying: "I have another day to decide best 11 - they are in good condition, good form".

"I will never understand this".

Southampton have all but secured a top half finish this season but will still want to end the season on a high.

United face Spain's Celta Vigo in the semi-finals and the Portuguese said: "We can not give the club the Premier League, we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League and we have to put everything on it".

Defender Gary Cahill is Chelsea's only doubt after he missed the cup semi with gastroenteritis, but Conte said the England worldwide has returned to training and could feature.

Tottenham have now lost a record seven consecutive FA Cup semi-finals and their latest disappointment also continued their struggles against elite clubs this season. "I think for us it was important because we reached the final of the FA Cup, a great competition".

Cahill felt his second goal came at a pivotal time, adding: "It was a great time to score the second goal because we went in at half-time with our tails up".

It was the sharpest performance in several weeks from Costa who started this season strongly and scored 13 times in the league before Christmas but who had only found the net four times since then, until he claimed his brace on Tuesday.

Costa has also beaten a number of other iconic figures from the modern era to a notable goal return. If the England global is deemed unfit, Nathan Ake could take his place again. If I pass it's because in my mind the pass is better than going alone.

Conte emphasised his huge respect for Ancelotti, describing Ancelotti as the greatest Italian manager, but believes that his players are on the brink of a bigger achievement.

Chelsea will face the Saints with midfielder N'Golo Kante having been named the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year on Sunday.

"It's important for him (not to) stop this will, this desire, to continue to improve yourself".

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