Swansea 0-1 Chelsea – Match Report
Chelsea kept themselves alive in the title race by edging past 10-men Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
A 67th minute strike from the mid-week hero Demba Ba was enough for the Blues to pick up the much needed three points from the fixture.
The first half did not yield much action apart from the sending off for Chico Flores after he received a second yellow for a foul on Schurrle.
The second half produced the only goal of the game which means that the title race is now more heated up than ever and Chelsea have just managed to keep themselves in it.
Swansea started with Pablo Hernandez, Dyer and Bony while Michu was absent from the squad. De Guzman and David N’Gog were the notable players kept on the bench.
Demba Ba lead the line for the Blues with Mohammed Salah, Willian Borges and Andre Schurrle behind him. Eden Hazard was absent from the squad having suffered a hamstring injury in midweek while Ramires, Nemanja Matic were given holding midfield roles.
The game was going smooth for the home side until the sending off of Chico Flores due to which Pablo Hernandez had to be substituted for strengthening Swansea’s defence.
However the sending off didn’t seem to put much pressure on the home side as they kept on playing in a casual manner.
Mohammad Salah missed two good opportunities owing to his poor finishing which has been the case with the other Chelsea players too.
Jose Mourinho opted for two changes at the interval which saw Eto’o come on for Schurrle and Oscar for Ramires. This time the away team had some clear chances at goal but again it was a constant reminder for the Chelsea team that they are badly in the need of a lethal finisher.
Amidst all this Matic managed a good high ball to Demba Ba and this time the ball was destined to go in, which it did taking a deflection off the goal keeper Vorm in the 67th minute. Chelsea had many chances later on to put the game to bed but they didn’t.
Swansea too came up with some attempts at goal and Petr Cech made some crucial saves so that Chelsea could hang on their slender lead.
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies; Britton (De Guzman 85), Shelvey; Dyer (Ngog 72), Hernandez (Amat 18), Routledge; Bony.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires ( Oscar h-t), Matic; Salah, Willian , Schurrle (Eto’o h-t); Ba ( Mikel 78).