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Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes to beat Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium 3-2, and Chelsea wing-back Davide Zappacosta believes the win can give the Blues added belief to go on and beat Tottenham Hotspur to a Champions League place.

“It was great to be a part of it,” says Zappacosta, who started the game at St Mary’s. “We were 2-0 down and in the Premier League it’s always very difficult to come back when you are losing, but we showed great character, great strength and we managed to come back.

“It can definitely act as a springboard for us to kick on and really believe that we can qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham drew with Brighton on Tuesday so now we have a great opportunity to close the gap. We still believe and obviously the win against Southampton has helped that.

“It’s definitely a very important match against Burnley, we can’t afford to lose any more games between now and the end of the season. It’s fundamental that we win if we are to have a chance of reaching our target of qualifying for the Champions League.”

Chelsea will again play Southampton on Sunday at the Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semifinal clash, and Zappacosta also has his eyes set on lifting a trophy in his first season at the club.

He told the official Chelsea website: “Winning a trophy in my first season here would be fantastic, the cherry on the cake, so we will be doing everything we can to achieve that.

“I played at Wembley with my national team and it was a great experience. The atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic, it’s a very warm place to play, and I’m really looking forward to going back there again at the weekend.”

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