Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points with a 3-1 win over Swansea City at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday (25/02/17).
According to Reuters, Chelsea looked in danger of a third draw in four league games when Fernando Llorente cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’s early goal but Pedro and Diego Costa secured victory, producing a clean sweep of goals by Spanish internationals.
Pedro has been directly involved in 10 goals in his past nine games for Chelsea in all competitions (seven goals, three assists).
The Blues, beaten only once in 20 matches in all competitions, have 63 points from 26 matches, with Manchester City, who are not in action this weekend, on 52 from 25.
Chelsea boss Conte said his team deserved to win to cement their title hopes this season.
“We played very well, it was a good performance, and we created many chances to score. We conceded at the end of the first half, after the time was finished, so in this case there was a bit of luck, but we showed great character in the second half,” he said.
Swansea City boss Paul Clement expressed disappointment after the loss saying the league leaders have fantastic quality to win matches.
“Any game we play and don’t win we are disappointed. Chelsea are a very good side, they have fantastic quality and that was the difference. We didn’t have a lot of chances but we came in at 1-1 for half-time and for long periods we defended really well,” he said.
“There was a big moment with the handball, I thought Cesar Azpilicueta handled it at 1-1, it’s a clear handball. That gives you a chance to go 2-1 up but three minutes later you’re 2-1 down with a soft goal. Based on chances they deserved to win, but there was big moment that didn’t go our way, and who knows what might have happened,” Clement added.
Swansea City have now conceded 26 goals in their past 10 Premier League away games.