Swansea 0-1 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
Goalscorer: Cesc Fabregas 3'
Antonio Conte's Chelsea edged out Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium yesterday to record a third successive away victory in the Premier League. The Blues were swiftly off their blocks when Cesc Fabregas pounced on an opportunity in the 3rd minute to register his 50th career goal since first arriving in England back in 2003.
The Spaniard scored the only goal of the game with a splendid finish after Eden Hazard caught the eye with his artistry in the build-up to the same. Despite finishing the game strongly, Carlos Carvalhal's men failed to restore any form of parity and the Swans are now without a win in their last six league games.
The result now means that Chelsea are just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand, while it looks like the scramble for relegation will go down to the wire for Swansea after Southampton's win over Bournemouth trimmed the gap between the two sides to just a single point.
Without further delay, let's take a closer look at the major talking points from the game:
#1 Chelsea do just enough to get over the line
The performance from Chelsea on the night was uncharacteristic and certainly far from their best but the Blues managed to hold on to their slender lead and did enough to get over the line, in the end. A tactical shift coupled with some inspired substitutions from Carvalhal helped Swansea to attack with urgency and more conviction in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Chelsea faced some level of discomfort due to Swansea's late push for a point and the match produced even more drama when Nathan Dyer tumbled to the ground inside Chelsea's penalty area on the wake of a robust challenge from Gary Cahill. Referee Jon Moss waved play on as he felt that Cahill got the ball cleanly but Carvalhal thought otherwise.
There is still some hope for Chelsea in terms of qualifying for the Champions League next year with three league games to go before their FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on the 19th of May.