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Conte: Players must have great respect for the badge

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Alejandro Castrejon | Abril 17, 2018, 13:42

Olivier Giroud has insisted that it was an "easy decision" to leave Arsenal and join Chelsea during the January transfer window.

But when it was put to him that Chelsea's spirited response at St Mary's was a sign that his players are still fighting for him, Conte replied: "I can't accept this [concept], because I was a player". "We didn't show great spirit, desire, will to fight to win this game".

Their victory on the road was their first for nearly three months and just their second of 2018.

Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea after the end of the 2017/18 season or the Italian manager could be shown the exit door after two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg set Ryan Bertrand racing down the left flank, and the England full-back fended off the chasing Cesar Azpilicueta before laying on the perfect cut-back. They have to play for the club and the fans, to show great character like today.

"As you know very well with the speculation, always there is speculation around our position, not only for me, but for a lot of coaches".

Teatime Sunday, prime time on the BBC, and the incredible progress made on the Blues' march towards domination was clear for all to see.

Antonio Rudiger's omission from the squad for the dramatic Premier League comeback against Southampton has raised questions over his relationship with Conte.

It remains to be seen if he would be tempted by a return to the Stamford Bridge, though the chance to prove himself in the Premier League again, should Chelsea be unable to land their other top targets, will almost certainly give him plenty to deliberate.

Five minutes later Hazard levelled by smashing home Willian's cross from close range.

At his best, the Brazilian has been pacy and incisive, popping up regularly to score key goals.At his worst, he has been a scrupulous defensive presence, with a wily stamina and indefatigable work rate.