Olivier Giroud joked his “second passion is skiing” after his superb slalom goal put Chelsea on course for the FA Cup Final on Sunday.
Giroud danced past several Southampton defenders before poking past Alex McCarthy to open the scoring in the 2-0 semi-final victory over Mark Hughes’s side at Wembley.
Substitute Alvaro Morata put the game beyond Saints, smartly diverting Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross past McCarthy as Chelsea booked a spot in May’s Wembley showpiece for the second successive season.
Giroud told BT Sport: “My second passion is actually skiing! Eden (Hazard) gave me good ball, I saw a lot of players in front of me, I just tried to dribble a little bit and had a bit of luck but that’s what I wanted to do so at the end of the day I’m very pleased for the team.
“We are in a very good momentum and we want to keep it up. I told the team I really want them to enjoy the FA Cup because I know what kind of feeling it is. It (Wembley) is like my garden and I love to play here. Hopefully for the final we’re going to keep it up.”
Hazard added: “We played a very good game, especially in the second half. We created a lot of chances and we scored beautiful goals, especially Olivier! It was fully deserved (win). Now we are in the final.
“It’s always good to play against (final opponents Manchester United). We’ve won one, they won at Old Trafford so the final is very good for this kind of game.”