The recently deposed English champions appeared to be heading for a humiliating loss to the FA Cup semi-final opponents in the Premier League after trailing the Saints 2-0 at half-time.
However, Antonio Conte turned to Giroud to get Chelsea FC back into the top-flight clash and the January signing scored twice to help the Blues rescue a 3-2 victory at St Mary’s last weekend.
Giroud has now scored two goals and has also made one assist in two starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League, while the 31-year-old has also found the net once in two FA Cup fixtures.
The French striker will be hoping to secure a starting spot for the trip to Burnley in the Premier League mid-week before the Blues take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
Former Chelsea FC midfielder Nevin raved about Giroud following the French striker’s impressive impact in the west London side’s 3-2 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s last weekend.
“So why did it suddenly all change? The obvious answer is of course the substitutions made by Antonio Conte after we went 2-0 down and that was certainly the major part of it,” Nevin told Chelsea FC’s website.
“Olivier Giroud was strong, robust and fired up which seemed to immediately affect everyone else in blue. His near-post header was as classic a Giroud goal as you will ever see. I have said it many times before, even back when he was at Arsenal, he is the best in the business at scoring from in front of the near post.
Nevin added: “They always say that strikers should get themselves in between the posts when the crosses come in, but for him the two or three yards in front of that area is perfect because of that ability to flick or redirect it behind his position at an angle, with pace and with plenty of accuracy towards the goal.”
Giroud moved to Chelsea FC from Arsenal in a £21m deal in the January transfer window.
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