The Blues managed to clinch the 3 points away from home at the Liberty Stadium yesterday afternoon after a disappointing performance. The Blues started well with a goal within 5 minutes, making many Chelsea fans excited for more. However, Chelsea only won the game 1-0 and once again struggled with converting chances into goals. Conte opted for a 5 man midfield against the relegation candidates, limiting the Blues attacking presence with Willian being dropped to the bench. Regardless of the 3 points many fans have had enough of Conte and want him to leave the club during the summer. Bakayoko came in for a rare appearance and failed to make any impact on the game looking low on confidence. Kante, Hazard and Emerson once again impressed, all putting in a good shift. Conte will face a tough decision when deciding on Chelsea’s LWB for the upcoming fixtures as Alonso is now available for selection.N’golo played a lovely role by igniting attacks thanks to Fabregas being positioned slightly further forward. The Frenchman kept a 96.9% pass success rate out of 32 passes; the highest % in the league during yesterdays matches. Fabregas won the man of the match award for the game after being Chelsea’s key man in securing the win.
First Half ⌛
It did not take Chelsea long to get going in yesterday afternoon’s visit to Wales. Cesc Fabregas got his 50th Premier League goal in only the 4th minute of the match. Eden hazard once again the orchestrator, running with the ball at the defence before offloading to Fabregas who planted a lovely first time curling finish in the top right. The nightmare start for Swansea but the perfect platform for more goals for the Blues. Chelsea continued to challenge the Swansea goal with Fabregas getting involved on many occasions. Mawson came close to an own goal, hitting the bar. The first half came to a close with Swansea having no threat to the Chelsea goal.
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Second Half ⌛
Swansea’s first real chance of the game came in the 51st minute where a ball was whipped in towards the head of Andre Ayew who guided the ball just over the bar. The Swans saw a healthy amount of possession in the early parts of the first half, before Emerson collected the ball and charged to the oppositions defence, getting a shot on target. Azpilicueta remained solid and made a few vital clearances, one that came at the cost of Swansea’s first corner in the 72nd minute. Chelsea came extremely close to doubling their lead in the 73rd minute with Victor moses just not getting enough on the shot of Fabregas to beat the keeper. The Swans continued to look for an equaliser with a Tom Carroll’s shot out of the keepers reach and just whiskers past the post. The whistle blew at 0-1 giving Conte his 5oth Premier League win as Chelsea manager.
Who deserved the win? 🏅
When looking at the stats many could argue Swansea deserved a point, who are now 6 games without a win. The Swans managed narrowly higher possession with 51% along with an extra shot and shot on target with 8 and 4 respectively. Chelsea and Swansea showed good passing technique being reflected by 88% and 87% passing accuracy amongst the teams. A positive for Chelsea was that they seemed to look more secure at the back with Swansea failing to mount any real pressure on Courtois’ goal for the majority of the 90 minutes. The former champions latest 3 points closes the gap between the Blues and Tottenham to only 2. However Spurs do have a game in hand. Tottenham will play Watford tomorrow evening and any result for Watford will provide Chelsea with a huge boost in their quest for Champions League football next season. The Blues face Liverpool next weekend in what looks set to be a close encounter.