Watch all the goals as Blues extend Premier League lead

Hazel Gray
April 27, 2017

Diego Costa was Chelsea's match victor against Southampton, scoring twice in the second half to take his Premier League tally to 51 goals in 85 appearances and end a seven-game scoring drought.

Chelsea responded from the loss at Manchester United, which saw their top-flight advantage cut to four points, by beating Tottenham to advance to the FA Cup final and then defeating Saints.

"If we are able to take the right player to improve this squad and to continue to work with these players, we can improve for sure", said Conte.

"It wasn't easy to play two-and-a-half days after a tough game against Tottenham and to face this type of team".

"We must be confident for the future". I know it's good for me to score more goals if I want to reach the level of Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. For this reason I must be pleased.

"It's a shame in the end because we had a good game with quality, against a great, good opponent".

The Brazilian-born Spain global had not scored in four Premier League matches as well as Saturday's FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the longest stretch of fixtures that he has endured in England without finding the back of the net.

Conte said: "First of all it's important to win for us and to look at ourselves". Goals are your life.

Cahill's goals proved to be crucial as Diego Costa's brace in the second half allowed Chelsea to kill the game, before Ryan Bertrand netted a consolation effort for Southampton.

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Conte's frustration with his side's defending was evident when he kicked a medical bag in his technical area during the second half.

"Gary trained yesterday and also today", Conte said.

He said: "In that moment I wanted to kick the ball and I took the bag as a ball, because sometimes I want to play".

Conte reckons players can only be great by playing as part of a team.

"Eden has been scoring some vital goals for us lately, but to see Diego scoring last night was great for us", Cahill added.

"It's a shame as we had the first opportunity but we conceded the first goal after five minutes, the second just before half-time and the third just when we had come back out onto the pitch after half-time".

Four points behind eighth-place West Bromwich Albion, with two games in hand, and a huge 17 points below seventh-place Arsenal, the most Claude Puel's side can hope for is to pip West Brom to eighth. The best players in the world don't exist without the team.

Asked about the persistent speculation that Costa might leave Chelsea after the current season, Conte said such talk seemed to be an attempt to distract his players from their target of winning the title.

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