- Chelsea vs Swansea

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Thursday 26 December 2013 | Stamford Bridge | Referee: Michael Jones | Attendance 41,111

Chelsea
  • Eden Hazard (29)
Chelsea
1 - 0
Swansea
Swansea

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Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Swansea City 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League on Thursday.

During a first half dominated by the home side, Hazard snuck an effort under Gerhard Tremmel from the edge of the penalty area in the 29th minute.

The Blues failed to build on their advantage and were made to work hard for victory after the break.

Jose Mourinho's men successfully held on to maintain their record of having dropped just two points at Stamford Bridge this season.

Mourinho made five changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Arsenal on Monday, with David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Juan Mata among those coming into the starting XI and Frank Lampard dropping to the bench.

Swansea also made alterations from their 2-1 defeat to Everton, including the introductions of Neil Taylor, Jordi Amat and Angel Rangel to the back four in place of Ben Davies, Chico Flores and Dwight Tiendalli.

Taylor had to be alert early on as Oscar found a gap in the away side's defence, but a heavy first touch allowed the full-back to steal in and make a clearance.

Two minutes later, Branislav Ivanovic had a shot blocked by Ashley Williams, before Jonjo Shelvey dragged the visitors’ first effort wide of the left-hand post from distance.

Chelsea put on pressure with a series of corners, and a mis-hit John Terry volley went close to sneaking under Tremmel’s crossbar in the 20th minute. The German did enough to tip the ball over, before Williams was forced to clear from barely a yard out moments later.

The London side went ahead just before the half-hour mark, Hazard cutting in from the left wing to send a low effort from just inside the penalty area under Tremmel.

Alvaro Vazquez found himself unmarked at the far post when meeting a flicked Shelvey header minutes later, but his side-footed effort was palmed over by Petr Cech, before Tremmel made an instinctive save to deny Samuel Eto’o at the break.

Tremmel was called into action in the opening minute of the second half, making an impressive stop from point-blank range to keep out another Eto'o strike.

The Swans looked brighter after that chance, but were unable to cause Cech too many problems.

With Mourinho's side dominance waning as the half progressed, Swansea pushed higher up in search of an equaliser, but the Blues soaked up the pressure without ever looking in much danger of conceding.

Iit was Chelsea who had the best chance of the half, with substitute Lampard denied by a diving Tremmel save.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It is almost the same story as we had in previous matches - lots of chances, their goalkeeper did very well,

"We could not kill the game again. When you do not kill the game, you are always feeling the pressure.

"It is a game that if you score the second goal, the picture is completely different and you enjoy the game.

"If you do not score, the team is under pressure when the time goes on and on and you change your mind a little bit instead of going for the second goal.

"We lost Ramires with a yellow card, which is obviously a problem for us but it is not a time to cry,

"It is a time to forget. It means he will have a rest and will be back in a strong condition to play on 1st January."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It is important for me that we stayed in the game against a team like this, believing we could get something.

"We didn't get anything this time, but we have to take that to the next game.

"I think we are a little short now, because we are talking about the injuries. It is not just two weeks, we are talking several weeks.

"A part of that is just very small injuries. If you have two or three injuries, you can always cope. As long as you have 18 or 19 players, it is enough.

"But at the moment we have a couple of important injuries for a longer time and that is why maybe we have to do something in January.

"But one thing is to want to do something and another thing is to find the right ones, because a lot of teams are looking, especially for players who can score goals, in the transfer window."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Petr Cech 6.88 6.68
2. Branislav Ivanovic 5.93 6.67
3. Ashley Cole 6.67 5.98
26. John Terry 7.18 6.58
4. David Luiz 6.25 6.06
7. Ramires 6.07 6.05
12. John Obi Mikel 5.6 5.4
10. Juan Mata 5.38 6.62
17. Eden Hazard 7.63 7.46
11. Oscar 6.27 6.81
29. Samuel Eto'o 4.67 6.16
Substitutes All Fans BFR
22. Willian 3.89 6.26
8. Frank Lampard 6.5 6.64
24. Gary Cahill 2.5 6.29
23. Mark Schwarzer 2.75 5.29
14. Andre Schürrle 4.88 6.4
9. Fernando Torres 5.22 6.32
28. César Azpilicueta 3.0 6.11
Line-up All Fans BFR
25. Gerhard Tremmel 5.4 3.12
22. Angel Rangel 3.0 4.69
2. Jordi Amat 3.67 3.65
6. Ashley Williams 5.83 4.92
3. Neil Taylor 4.0 2.74
15. Wayne Routledge 3.25 5.0
7. Leon Britton 6.67 4.55
24. Álex Pozuelo 3.67 3.68
21. José Cañas 5.67 4.21
8. Jonjo Shelvey 7.2 5.25
26. Álvaro 6.67 3.55
Substitutes All Fans BFR
11. Pablo Hernández 4.0 5.14
33. Ben Davies 5.0 4.69
20. Jonathan De Guzmán 2.0 4.71
10. Wilfried Bony 2.0 6.43
19. Dwight Tiendalli 5.0 3.06
4. Chico 4.0 4.48
45. Gregor Zabret 4.0 3.75

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