Chelsea host Swansea City on Saturday knowing that a win against Paul Clement’s side will move them a step closer in their quest for the league title. The league leaders stumbled last time away at Burnley as Robbie Brady’s excellent free kick cancelled out Pedro’s openers for the Blues.
However, with the team having won 11 consecutive home games since that 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, the expectation is that Chelsea would prove too much for Swansea, inspite of the Welsh side’s upturn in form since Clement took over.
Swansea have picked up 9 points from the last 15 available, and Antonio Conte must be wary of the threat The Swans carry going forward on the counter. The likes of Llorente, Leroy Fer and Gylfi Sugurdsson have all returned to form in recent weeks, meaning Chelsea must be careful and not complacent when they entertain their opponents at the Bridge.
Conte’s men have earned praises for their mastering of the 3-4-3 formation, yet, the defeat away at Spurs showed a particular flaw of the formation.
The aerial space between Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses worked well for Spurs, and Dele Alli scoring identical goals from that space. With the aerial threat of Llorente and Fer, Clement could utilize it and hurt Chelsea.
In truth, Chelsea should be winning games like this against teams at the wrong end of the table, however, with relegation threatened teams, one can never be too sure. Swansea manager, Paul Clement knows Chelsea very well having worked with both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, and his tactical setup could be key in this match, just like he did when his team won 3-2 at Anfield just some few weeks back.
Chelsea have been touted as potential champions, and winning these sort of tricky games could help their cause of bringing back the trophy to the Bridge, after they surrendered it in horrendous fashion last year.