Graeme Le Saux has refused to accept the notion that Chelsea are outright favourites against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final
The Blues will take on relegation candidates Southampton in a bid to move a step closer to secure the FA Cup. The two sides met last week in the Premier League where Conte’s men triumphed 3-2 in a hard-fought victory. After going two goals down, Olivier Giroud played the hero as a second-half brace from the Frenchman helped keep Chelsea’s hopes of making it into the top four alive.
Considering that match, Graeme Le Saux believes that Southampton can get an upset victory. Talking to Betfair, the former Chelsea and Southampton player said:
“I’ve always looked at Southampton this season and thought they were a better team than what the table shows, but they just haven’t scored enough goals.”
“Chelsea are obviously favourites to win the game. But I wouldn’t say they are outstanding favourites and if they turn up with an attitude they did last weekend, there will be an upset.”
Le Saux was very critical of Chelsea’s first-half performance at the St. Mary’s. He tore into Chelsea’s players for their attitude and a supposed lack of fight. Continuing on that, he added:
“I was broadcasting in the states during the game and I was really hard on Chelsea and told the viewers that it was an embarrassing first half, that they were just strolling around not looking like they had any desire.”
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The Sky Sports pundit was also quick that Chelsea could yet salvage its season and FA Cup is the only way to do that. He said:
“This is a game that will move them one step closer to salvaging their season. If they finish the season fifth and win the FA Cup, while it doesn’t really compare to the success they had last year, it still something to take away and it’s a valuable trophy and one to be proud of.”
Chelsea will be looking to avoid an upset at any cost. I agree with Le Saux’s assessment that winning the FA Cup trophy would salvage the club’s season, albeit only to an extent. Conte’s men should go in for kill from the first minute to avoid any scares against the Saints.