It was the 22nd game of this Premier League season when Jose Mourinho’s top placed Chelsea traveled to Liberty Stadium to line-up against Garry Monk’s Swansea.
With Man City just couple of points behind us it was important for the Blues to collect all three points and with that in mind the boss made a couple of changes to his starting line-up that defeated Newcastle last weekend with Gary Cahill coming in for Kurt Zouma while Luis replaced the injured Azpilicueta at Left Back. Meanwhile, Cech retained his spot ahead of Courtois.
Now, let’s get on with the initial reaction to see how the game panned out for the Blues:
– It was brilliant start to the game for the visiting side as Oscar opened the scoring for the Blues in the 1st minute. After a sloppy bit of football from Sigurdsson, the ball fell to Oscar who found himself one on one with the Swans defender and the Brazilian’s resulting shot found the corner of the net to put Chelsea 1-0 up with just few seconds played. Gylfi Sigurdsson nearly equalized on the other side of the pitch and Petr Cech had to make an amazing save to deny the No. 10.
– Despite the early goal from Oscar it was the home side responding brilliantly as Garry Monk’s side created few chances early on troubling the Blues with their pace and speed. It was a fantastic tempo to the game with some end to end stuff going on in Liberty Stadium.
– Chelsea nearly doubled the lead in the 13th minute as Ivanovic found Costa in the opposition box but the Striker’s resulting shot was saved by the Swans goalkeeper. However, the rebound fell to Willian who should have made it 2-0 but alas! The Brazilian’s sky rocketed his shot in the third tier. Brilliant build-up play from Jose Mourinho’s men!
– Fabregas alongside our front four combined really well to cause some major problems for the Swans and the goalkeeper had to make a series of brilliant saves to deny the visitors. Although, with a performance like this, the second goal was always coming for the Blues and it was Diego Costa who made it 2-0 in the 20th minute to put this game to bed. It was inevitably Fabregas, who slid in the pass for the Striker before combining well with Willian and Costa, made no mistake as he never does and this game was all but over in the first 20 minutes. The Striker nearly scored the third just minutes after but saw his shot miss the target.
– It was certainly a fun evening as far as Blues were concerned and it didn’t took long for us to make it 3-0. Fernandez, for some weird reasons, tried to play the ball back to his keeper but Diego Costa was there to intercept the ball and score his second and make it 3-0. This was brutal as far as Swans were concerned when Oscar made it 4-0 after Diego Costa found the Brazilian in the box from the left wing. The resulting strike was an absolute stunner from Oscar to turn this into an absolute rout. Two a piece for Oscar and Costa and with the looks of it, surely more to come!
– Willian had another chance around the halftime mark to score his first goal but the Brazilian managed to hit the bar yet again to end the half 4-0 for Chelsea. So, how do I began? What a half it was for Blues as we completely dominated the home side and if it wasn’t for the missed chances, we could have been up by double figures; that’s how brilliant we were! Let’s see what second half has in store for us:
– The second half started with Jose Mourinho making no changes to his starting line-up as we looked to rack up some more goals while Swansea looked to salvage some pride after conceding 4 in the first half.
– Chelsea might not have reached the goalscoring fluidity of the first half but Blues still dominated the major part of the proceedings and came close a couple of times to add more to the tally through Fabregas and Willian but couldn’t quite manage the end product.
– With the League Cup game against Liverpool on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho finally made a couple of changes in the 75th minute with Ramires coming on for Fabregas and Remy replacing Costa up front. Schurrle came on as the final sub for the night replacing Willian at the Right Wing.
– Oscar nearly grabbed his hat-trick after he stole the ball from Emnes but was unlucky to miss the opportunity. Although Schurrle did make it 5-0 after Hazard found Ivanovic on the right and the Serbian’s cross was met with a tap in from Schurrle to complete an awesome rout at the Liberty Stadium.
– The scoreline at the end read 5-0 as we ripped off the Swans side to shreds, completely dominating the fixture. We were brilliant going forward and could have grabbed more goals. So, as it stands, we are 5 points ahead of City who have a game in hand. See you on Tuesday. Till then, KTBFFH!
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt