After much attacking forays in the Swansea half, Chelsea eventually win 1-0 thanks to Antonio Rudiger’s 55th minute goal.
Here are 3 talking points from the game:
CHELSEA RECORD NARROW WIN, BUT NOT CLINICAL ENOUGH:
Chelsea’s win over Swansea was the Blues fifth in six games which is an improved form when compared to the inconsistency of our early season form. This game was about attack vs defence. Chelsea made so many attacking forays and also missed chances that would have given the scoreline a comprehensive look, while Swansea carried out a defensive game plan with the hope of swift counterattacks. The win was satisfactory, but not convincing. The match stats gives more credence to this: Chelsea registered 21 shots in total and 10 on target with 61% ball possession compared to Swansea’s 2 shots and none on target with 39% ball possession. The team must be more clinical and brutal in taking our chances.
CONTE’S ROTATION COULD HELP CHELSEA IN THE LONG RUN:
After battling with the absence of key players due to form, fitness and suspension issues early on, Conte’s decision to rotate his squad for the game against the Swans was good and could prove helpful to Chelsea’s cause to remain in contention on all fronts at least until the winter window. With the possibility of a grueling festive football period to come, the need to keep his players fresh and fit will be important.
RUDIGER STEALS THE SHOW WITH HIS IMPORTANT GOAL:
The German defender had a mixed start to his Chelsea career. Series of impressive displays like against the Swans and consistency in his game might just be key in making him a first team regular. After his horror show against Roma in the Champions League, the defender did well to score his first league goal of the season to redeem himself in front of the Chelsea Faithful.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!