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Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

Chelsea put on a dominant display to beat Swansea and claim a fifth win in seven league games to remain two points off the top of the Premier League.

Eden Hazard cut in from the left and drove in a shot to put the Blues ahead.

Swansea had a rare chance when Alvaro Vazquez had a shot tipped over and it was only Chelsea's lack of ruthlessness which kept them in the game.

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Chelsea controlled Swansea - Mourinho

Samuel Eto'o was twice in on goal but denied by saves from the impressive Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has highlighted the lack of goals from his attack this season and this game will only increase his frustration as his side failed to turn their clear superiority into a more convincing win.

Mourinho became a more animated figure on the touchline the longer the Blues failed to build on their early lead, although Swansea never looked like mustering an equaliser.

The visitors tried and failed to apply some late pressure and have now won only twice in their last 10 top-flight matches.

Chelsea had shown their stubborn side in a dour draw at Arsenal on Monday but the emphasis was on them to take the initiative against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

There was an attacking energy and intensity about the home side and, if Oscar's first touch in collecting Eden Hazard's through ball had been better, the Brazilian would have been clean through on goal.

Blues right-back Branislav Ivanovic latched onto an Eto'o lay-off and had an angled shot deflected wide by centre-back Ashley Williams, while home captain John Terry's volley was tipped over by Tremmel.

As the visiting goal led a charmed life, Terry also went close when he tried to divert in a Juan Mata cross, but had his effort from a tight angle cleared off the goal-line by the busy Williams.

Swansea's resolve was finally broken when the livewire Hazard cut in from the left and drove in a shot which went through Tremmel, who had been distracted by Williams trying to dive across to block the strike in front of him.

Chelsea were easily on top but survived a scare following a rare Swansea foray forward. Vazquez got on the end of Jonjo Shelvey's knock-on only to see his first-time shot palmed over by keeper Petr Cech.

The chance would not have gone down well with Mourinho, whose bemusement at his side's missed chances would have increased even more so either side of half-time.

Mata twice set up Eto'o but the Cameroonian forward had a left-foot strike saved by Tremmel, before his six-yard effort from a first-time cross was blocked at point-blank range by the Swansea stopper.

Swansea improved to limit Chelsea's chances, although they struggled to find any attacking potency and would have conceded a second had Tremmel not turned round a well-struck Lampard shot around the post.

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Swansea could not keep ball - Laudrup

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho:

"The three points and clean sheet, yes (I am satisfied). The way we controlled a very good team for 75-80 minutes was very good too.

"But we had so many chances that you have to score at least once (more) and create a more comfortable situation for yourselves.

"I have to say the biggest person responsible for that was their goalkeeper because he made some fantastic saves."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"We stayed in the game until the last second and that says a lot about our team.

"It was a very difficult game against one of the favourites to win the title at Stamford Bridge but I think we did well, much better in the second half.

"It is true we couldn't keep the ball as much as we are used to but you have to give credit to the opponent as well."

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 3Cole
  • 12Mikel
  • 4David Luiz
  • 26Terry
  • 10MataSubstituted forSchürrleat 72'minutes
  • 7RamiresBooked at 86mins
  • 29Eto'o
  • 11OscarSubstituted forLampardat 67'minutes
  • 17HazardSubstituted forWillianat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lampard
  • 9Torres
  • 14Schürrle
  • 22Willian
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta

Swansea

  • 25Tremmel
  • 22Rangel
  • 3Taylor
  • 21CañasSubstituted forDe Guzmánat 61'minutes
  • 2Amat
  • 6Williams
  • 24PozueloSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 26Alvaro
  • 8Shelvey
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forBonyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Chico
  • 10Bony
  • 11Hernández
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 33Davies
  • 45Zabret
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
41,111

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.
Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Leon Britton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.
Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

Booking

Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

Booking

Jordi Amat (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Eden Hazard.
Offside, Swansea City. Leon Britton tries a through ball, but Álvaro is caught offside.
Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).
Jordi Amat (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Eden Hazard.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wilfried Bony replaces Wayne Routledge.
Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gerhard Tremmel.
Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Juan Mata.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.
Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Frank Lampard replaces Oscar.
Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by David Luiz.
Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor.
Offside, Chelsea. David Luiz tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.
Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).
Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán replaces José Cañas.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordi Amat.
Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).
Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Álex Pozuelo.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Swansea City 0.
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City).
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordi Amat.
Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).
Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal1812331839
2Man City1812243238
3Chelsea1811431537
4Liverpool1811342236
5Everton189721234
6Newcastle181035633
7Man Utd18945931
8Tottenham18945-531
9Southampton18765727
10Stoke18567-821
11Swansea18558-120
12Hull18558-720
13Aston Villa18549-719
14Norwich18549-1519
15West Brom18387-517
16Cardiff18459-1517
17Crystal Palace185112-1516
18Fulham185112-1616
19West Ham183510-1014
20Sunderland183411-1713
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