Chelsea moved to within two points of the top four in the Premier League after Cesc Fabregas’ strike was good enough for a 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday. The Spaniard struck in the fourth minute to give the Blues a slender, but important, victory away in Wales. The win put Antonio Conte’s side two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth. Here’s who impressed on Saturday:
Thibaut Courtois – 7
As Chelsea attempted to hold on for all three points late on, Courtois made a number of great saves. Was untroubled early on.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
Made an important block from Jordan Ayew, and was alert throughout the game as Chelsea kept a clean sheet.
Gary Cahill – 6
Took a huge wack from Ayew late on, and was solid as he continues to impress just in time for the World Cup.
Antonio Rudiger – 6
Always promising with the ball at his feet, but needs to relieve pressure quicker when doing so. Coped with both Ayews well.
Victor Moses – 6
Got forward well, and could’ve added to Chelsea’s score throughout, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6
Although the Frenchman has played worse in recent weeks, his still doesn’t show Conte why he deserves a starting spot. Chelsea look a lot more comfortable without him on the pitch.
N’Golo Kante – 7
Typical performance from Kante, who is always full of energy and always looks to cut out the danger that Swansea posed.
Cesc Fabregas – 7
His effort early on gave Chelsea an early lead, and linked brilliantly with Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud.
Emerson – 7
His performances after Marcos Alonso’s suspension would give Conte a selection headache, as the Brazilian was great again.
Eden Hazard – 8
Brilliant again, and caused havoc for the Swansea defence throughout. Provided the assist for Fabregas’ goal.
Olivier Giroud – 6
Didn’t have many chances in front of goal, but linked well with Hazard at times.
Pedro – N/A
Replaced Fabregas late on, but didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
Willian – N/A
Another late substitute, and didn’t have an opportunity to make an impact.
Alvaro Morata – N/A
Late sub, and the third player who didn’t have the time to change the game.