Swansea 0-1 Chelsea report - 'Swans facing nervous run-in'

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Once again, what can you really expect when you play against a team in the top-six of the Premier League?

28th Apr 2018

Last weekend it was Manchester City that ensured the Swans would not pick up all three points, and this time it was Chelsea that got maximum points, with Carlos Carvalhal’s men ending their tough run against two of England’s best sides with no points to show for their efforts. 

Dire consequences

Swansea and their fans did not ever really think they were going to win this one. Chelsea may be struggling to hit the heights of last season, but they are still a fine team.

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The likes of Eden Hazard and Willian can tear a team apart at will, while Cesc Fabregas has proved the creator on so many occasions that it often seems odd when he is the finisher of a chance, but that is exactly what he did on Saturday.

His early goal was the only strike of the game, and saw Swansea lose again. However, as I previously mentioned, this was not a game many thought Swansea would win.

The real problem from this loss comes from a somewhat surprising win for Southampton over Bournemouth.

The relegation-threatened side won 2-1 and cut the gap between themselves and the Welsh side to a single point, with an exciting final few weeks to come for the neutral, and a tense, nail-biting climax for those embroiled in danger.

Can the Swans get one more big result to secure safety? Only time will tell.

It is still in our hands

When any supporter of a likely relegation candidate looks at the fixture list, their eyes will invariably drift to the final few weeks of the season.

For Swansea, their supporters knew that their future would be in their own hands, with Bournemouth, Southampton and Stoke to come.

Three teams that are entirely beatable, with two of them below Swansea and desperate to to take three points away from them.

While Southampton did beat Bournemouth, they have looked awful this season, and perhaps the Cherries were already on holiday in their minds after an impressive campaign.

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Stoke remain difficult to beat but they are not a side that has scored often this season, which has seen their chances of survival hit hard.

Perhaps the Swans can also look to take advantage of Bournemouth’s safety when they lock horns? 

If the Swans were to lose to Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool in their final five games, you could cite how unkind the fixture list was.

However, Swansea can and should beat Southampton and Stoke. If they do not then, simply put, they deserve to go down. 

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