SWANSEA 0- CHELSEA 1 BLUES GRIND OUT TOUGH WIN

CESC FABREGAS scored the goal which could have massive repercussions at both ends of the Premier League.

Chelsea’s victory means they are now just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the battle for a Champions League spot for next season.

Defeat for Swansea City leaves them just a point above the relegation zone in the fight to stay out of the Championship next season.

Fabregas struck with a delightful curled shot after just four minutes as Chelsea continued their improvement in form having now won four games in a row – their best run since September.

 Fabregas applied the finishing touch to the good work from Hazard

Fabregas celebrates goal

Man of the match Eden Hazard picked out the Spaniard with a clinical reverse pass in the first attack of the game.

Chelsea also cut their deficit on third-placed Liverpool to six points on whom they have a game in hand and host the Champions League semi finalists in their next Premier League game in a game that now has huge significance.

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal’s defensive set up with five at the back left his team unable to make much impact in the first half after they were hit by the early goal.

They have now failed to win in any of their last seven games and are only a point above Southampton, who cranked up the tension at the bottom of the table by beating Bournemouth 2-1 earlier in the day.

Swansea made more of a fight of it in the second half but failed to make the breakthrough and City have now scored only two goals during their winless run.

Their penultimate home game of the season is against the Saints, followed by another relegation ‘six-pointer’ against Stoke in their final match on May 13.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte again preferred January signing Olivier Giroud in place of club-record signing Alvaro Morata, who was on the bench.

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