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Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea: Initial reaction and community player ratings form

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Well, I certainly didn't think we'd score at least four against Swansea for the second time this season, but after arguably our best 45 minutes of the season in the first half, it's almost disappointing that we only ended with five!  Such is the trouble with expectations.

But, in any case, while the second half was a bit of a damp squib -- Swansea were fully resigned to their fate as well -- that should not take away from the tremendous opening 45.  What a day!

  • It's not like we completely lacked chances in the second half.  Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar could've all easily added to our lead before André Schürrle nipped in ahead of Oscar to score our fifth.  There was room for a few scintillating Hazard runs, too, though the boys conserved energy as one would expect.  We ended the match with 21 shots, 11 on target.
  • At times, our pressing was out of this world.  Willian especially was here, there, everywhere, while Fàbregas and Matić easily outplayed their Swansea counterparts.
  • Diego Costa now has a three-goal lead in the Premier League Golden Boot.  All 17 of his goals have been scored from open play.  Meanwhile, Cesc Fàbregas has reached 15 assists.  The Premier League record is 20.
  • Oscar has 18 Premier League goals in his career, scored over the course of 16 matches.  Chelsea are 14-2-0 in those games.
  • Petr Čech now needs just 5 more clean sheets to become the Premier League's all-time leader in that category.
  • The +5 added to our goal differential is great, the five-point gap to City (who play Arsenal tomorrow) is even better.
  • Top of the league and having a laugh!

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