Chelsea vs Swansea was an easy game that turned into a difficult one. Things were looking bright for Chelsea, as the Blues were dominant and looked very comfortable in the first-half before a late Fernando Llorente header changed the course of the game.
Blues legend Pat Nevin believes Frank Lampard helped lift the fans at half-time during his tribute, and it helped give the team a boost to win the game.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “There was a moment about half an hour into Saturday’s match when it looked like it was getting too easy, almost predictable to a calming level around Stamford Bridge. Chelsea went 1-0 up and the entire game was being dominated by our lads. It seemed that it would only be a matter of time before the second would come and we could all enjoy a little bit of showboating. Then it went quieter still and a little slackness imperceptibly crept into the play and the inevitable happened.
“The team needed a lift and so did the crowd. Step in two important figures for the club. The fans were roused at half-time by the appearance of Frank Lampard who finally got to say goodbye formally. The current players in the meantime will have been greeted by Antonio’s steely blue eyes as they walked in the dressing room. Antonio doesn’t do slackness and clearly he doesn’t allow his players to succumb to the temptation either.
“The double whammy was enough to wake everyone up from that mini pre-break slumber. Certainly the crowd were up for it and why not after giving Frankie the reception he deserved.”