Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chelsea secure hard fought win over Swansea


Premier League champions, Chelsea labored to a 1-0 victory over Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday thanks to a goal from Germany defender, Antonio Rudiger. The Blues were expected to notch a comfortable victory over the league strugglers, but it was a hard fought victory in a game that saw Blues boss, Antonio Conte sent to the stands. Chelsea huffed and puffed for the entire duration as Alvaro Morata continued his below par performances in front of goal.

The summer arrival from Real Madrid spurned several good chances to put Chelsea in front before Rudiger netted what was his first league goal for the Stamford Bridge outfit. Conte took the decision to rest the likes of Eden Hazard and Spanish workhorse, Cesar Azpilicueta who got rested for the first time in 74 consecutive league matches. Without Hazard, Chelsea struggled to dominate and lacked creativity in the final third, which was part of the reasons Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte got himself sent to the stands in the first half.

Before the game kicked off, Chelsea had paid tribute to former academy manager Dermot Drummy who died that week. The scoreline didn’t reflect Chelsea’s dominance and keeps them in third on the log, while Paul Clement’s men remain 19 th on the table. Conte had made 6 changes to the side with Rudiger, Fabregas, Pedro, Drinkwater, Bakayoko and Willian all starting the game against The Swans. Paul Clement on the other hand named an unchanged side.

Speaking after the game, Conte said, "I saw that the opponent was wasting time and that is the reason I spoke a few times with the fourth official. I didn't see that the situation hadn't changed and I was frustrated with the fourth official. For this reason, I have to apologize to him and the referee. In that moment, I was angry but I know that is it right to apologise to them" he added.

Chelsea will be in action this weekend as they host Newcastle on Saturday while Swansea travel to Stoke in the Premier League.

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