After a disappointing draw against Burnley, a Swansea win was vital. It was important that Chelsea got a victory on return to Premier League action to keep the momentum going and stretch our lead at the top of the table. Despite playing at
Despite playing at 3pm on a Saturday (a rare treat) we were actually the first team in the top six to play during the weekend, with many of the chasing pack not in action due to clashes caused by the League Cup Final.
Tottenham were able to win, but the gap is now ten points and with each week we take a step closer to an amazing season, bouncing back from the shambles that we saw last season.
Expected Swansea Win Important
Given the nature of the opposition and that we were playing at home Antonio Conte chose a more attacking line-up. He replaced Nemanja Matic with Cesc Fabregas to give the team more creativity as we sought to break down Swansea.
This was an inspired decision as Fabregas ran the first half, he was everywhere and everytime he had the ball a goal seemed imminent. It was no surprise that he got the opener after some smart play.
The game itself was almost a perfect performance, a first half goal and dominance of possession and chances. The only wrinkle being a poorly defended set piece that saw the Welsh side get to half time level.
Fortunately, this did not have an impact on the game, in the second half the Blues pushed on and got the right result. Pedro and Costa continued their fine form and showed just how different form can be in the week that the Champions sacked their manager in what is now a worrying trend.
We now move onwards to two difficult away games, win both of those and there will be few doubting our title credentials.