Second half much of the same as the first, but with the crucial difference of Chelsea finding a breakthrough for Rudiger’s first Premier League goal. Swansea had a couple chances, as even the worst teams will, but Chelsea eventually saw out the three points without too much issue. The Blues weren’t at their best, but they didn’t need to be.
With all other top six teams beside Spurs winning, the three points is all that matter.
- 20+ shots, 15+ corners, at least three good penalty shouts, more than a dozen shots on a target and probably just as many half- or near-chances. It was domination everywhere but the one place where it counts, on the scoreboard.
- 3-4-3 to start, 3-5-2 for the final 10 minutes with Hazard coming on for Willian and Drinkwater replacing Pedro. Midfield trio of Fabregas-Kante-Drinkwater is something we might see more if Bakayoko continues to struggle.
- Welcome back, Victor Moses. Time to shake off that rust.
- Conte getting sent to the stands is hilarious, as long as the FA don’t compound the referee’s silliness with further suspension. Angelo Alessio capably deputized on the touchline, as he’s done before for Conte at Juventus.
- Azpilicueta’s consecutive start streak ends; Chelsea still win. Phew!
- Next up: Newcastle United on Saturday — see you there!
Later. Not sure yet when.
UPDATE: no FB Live today.