Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City: Player Ratings
Chelsea edged out a struggling Swansea City side at Stamford Bridge to remain third in the Premier League. In a game which saw manager Antonio Conte ordered to the stands for vehemently protesting against a decision made by the officials, defender Antonio Rudiger provided the vital breakthrough early in the second half after N'Golo Kante's shot deflected into his path.
Final score: Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City
Goals: Antonio Rudiger - 55'
Here are the player ratings from the encounter:-
Thibaut Courtois - 6.5
Courtois didn't have to make a single save the whole game.
Gary Cahill - 7
Cahill, like his fellow defenders, was hardly tested at the back as the Swans were never really allowed to get out of their defensive third.
Andreas Christensen - 7
Christensen had a field day at the office owing to Chelsea's dominance in Swansea's half. He did his job of making clearances during the rare moments Swansea had a sniff at goal.
Antonio Rudiger - 8
Rudiger gets the Man of the Match award for his goal after Chelsea had been frustrated by Paul Clement's side. Defensively he was not given any stern examinations as Swansea barely provided any quality going forward.
Davide Zappacosta - 7
Zappacosta made a number of presses down the wing as Olsson kept dropping deep. He was also able to deliver a number of crosses to keep Swansea's centre-halves busy.
N'Golo Kante - 7
Kante was as solid as ever in front of his back three, easily breaking Swansea's play when they tried to move forward. He was also able to get involved in Chelsea's attacking pursuits, reflecting their thorough dominance on proceedings.
Cesc Fabregas - 6.5
Fabregas' passing was not as piercing owing to Swansea playing three in midfield. However, he was able to feed his wing-backs and release them with ease for a majority of the game.
Marcos Alonso - 6
Alonso was dynamic going forward but missed a good opportunity to score. His crosses were slightly off target and had minimal defensive duties.
Willian - 7
Willian had a fantastic second half, dictating the tempo of the game as Chelsea peppered the Swansea goal. His movements were a handful for Roque Mesa and the Brazilian always looked a good pass away from releasing Morata on goal.
Pedro - 6
Pedro was not as effective as Willian in an attacking role, failing to get in behind the defence or splitting them with a through pass lofted ball.
Alvaro Morata - 6.5
It was a night of frustration for the Spanish striker, as he was constantly denied by Fabianski in goal. He was a dangerous predator inside the box and gave young Mawson a run for his money with his movements and ability to get a shot away quickly.
Victor Moses - 5
Moses is still on a comeback trail from injury. That was clearly evident from an underwhelming performance during his 15-minute stint, making no effective runs or passes.
Eden Hazard - N/A
Apart from a handful of passes, the fleet-footed midfielder didn't have much time to make an impact on the game.
Danny Drinkwater - N/A
The ex-Leicester City midfielder was brought on to see the game out.