It’s been an eventful week with Champions high-octane games giving us a reminder about the beauty of football to Chelsea’s title charge which positions us 11 points clear over our rivals. Aside Liverpool who play Leicester on Monday, the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City & Manchester United are off Premier league this weekend due to the League Cup final.
Let’s delve into the 3 talking points from Chelsea’s hard-fought win over Swansea:
CHELSEA MAKE EMPHATIC TITLE STATEMENT:
We are now at the business end of the season and every point matters. Both clubs have different objectives at the moment. For Chelsea, it’s about winning the league title and we can’t afford any slipups in order not to give the chasing pack any glimmer of hope. While for Swansea, it’s about cementing their Premier league status by securing survival at the expense of other lower team rivals. The die was cast.
After the opening exchanges and Chelsea taking the lead, a 12th home win seemed the likeliest outcome. But Swansea threw a spanner in the work with Fernando Llorente’s equalizer on the stroke of half time. This created a tensed second half as tension engulfed the stadium. However, Chelsea’s strong resolve and quality told at the end as we ran out 3-1 winners. The dream of winning the league title was kept alive.
PEDRO, KANTE & FABREGAS: THE REAL DIFFERENCE MAKERS:
A change in Conte’s team selection offered an opportunity to Chelsea’s Spanish playmaker, Cesc Fabregas to make a first league start in 2017. He took it in his strides and has surely given Conte a lot to think about. His performance was fantastic with a goal, an assist and ingenuity on the ball was swashbuckling.
Kante was absolutely a wall of defence for Chelsea. He broke up attacks, harried down the opposition when they were in possession and even found pocket of spaces to move forward to also show his attacking instinct. He had a couple of decent chances to score, but only to be let down by his finishing. A brilliant performance from a player who was just poles apart from former Blues legend & now Swansea’s assistant manager, Claude Makelele, who defined the role as his own – ‘The Makelele Role’. They both share comparisons from football lovers globally and it’s surprise considering Kante’s two-year influence at both Leicester City and Chelsea.
Pedro’s influence at Chelsea is gold-plated. His pace, linkup play and beautiful goals keep soaring his value. Now, his stat reads 11 goals in his last 19 games and this quite remarkable for a player who is now a real difference maker for Chelsea.
CHELSEA LUCKY TO ESCAPE SWANSEA’S STRONGHOLD:
Despite not contributing much to the game, Swansea looked seemingly primed to halt Chelsea’s title charge with a spirited defensive display. One crucial moment of the game was Azpilicueta’s handball in the area which was waved off by the referee after pleas for a penalty by Swansea. It could have been given on another day and probably would have made Chelsea’s job laborious than it was.
Anyway, both clubs can live to fight another day as they charge to achieve their set objectives.
Let’s keep the dream alive…Cheers!