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Chelsea tops Swansea, keeps CL spot in reach

29 April 2018, 04:18 | Nina Perez

Chelsea boost top-four hopes and leave Swansea in relegation trouble

Chelsea-Swansea City Preview

Cesc Fabregas was set up by Eden Hazard to secure a 1-0 victory Saturday over Swansea that gave Chelsea a third successive victory.

"In football, anything can happen, and so if it happens, we must be there to take advantage".

Conte, though, wants his side to develop the habit of scoring when on top - something he believes they have not done enough this season.

"The situation is not in our hands, but the only way to put a bit of pressure on Tottenham is to get three points in every game".

"But you must be very good to kill the game and you have to take the chances otherwise you risk your opponent trying to push".

- Swansea have failed to score in 16 different Premier League games this season; in no campaign have they failed to score in more in the competition (also 16 in 2012-13).

Swansea has gone six games without a win and is one point above the relegation zone with three games to play.

Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Stoke earlier in the day gave a lift to Chelsea's hopes of still making the top four with three games remaining after mounting a dismal defense of its Premier League title.

Tottenham play their game in hand against Watford on Monday.

Dusan Tadic boosted Southampton's bid to beat the drop as his double sealed a crucial success in the south-coast derby at St Mary's.

Bottom club Albion are five points from safety and an eight-season stay in the top flight would still be over if they fail to take maximum points from their last two games against Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

Fabregas' curling finish was a fitting way to bring up his half-century of goals in the Premier League, but it was Hazard's clinical exploitation of a Swansea error that made it, pouncing on Andy King's sloppy loss of possession, weaving his way forward and picking out the right pass.

How did the Chelsea players perform during their win over Swansea City?

Suddenly, Chelsea looked more vulnerable, but Swansea have struggled to score goals all season.

Swansea will feel they might have had a penalty in the second half when Gary Cahill trod on substitute Nathan Dyer's foot, but referee Jonathan Moss waved away their claims.

Mike van der Hoorn got in the way of a goal-bound Victor Moses strike soon after, while Alfie Mawson clipped his own crossbar attempting to clear a loose ball as Chelsea dominated the opening period.

The result leaves Chelsea FC in fifth place in the table but just two points behind Tottenham and six behind Liverpool FC as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

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