Chelsea 2-1 Swansea City: Half-Time

Chelsea 2-1 Swansea City: Half-Time

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Chelsea are 2-1 up against Swansea City in their first match of the Premiership season. 

The Champions started the game brightly, passing the ball quickly and sharply in the opposition half, pushing Swansea back into their own half. The visitors didn’t allow Chelsea to dictate the play for long, and came close in the 7th minute when a Gomis headed a corner just past Thibaus Courtois’ far past.

Gomis had another, and easier chance a few minutes later when he was almost put through on goal by Jonjo Shelvy. He would have given his side the lead he not dithered and allowed John Terry to get back and smother the shot. The Chelsea defence had more work a few seconds later as Courtois had to punch away a powerful shot from Ki from which the Blues counter attacked but couldn’t create a clear chance.

The home side settled better after that, and the next few minutes were played in the Swansea third of the pitch. A series of set-pieces came to nothing until a 22nd minute free-kick from Oscar, won by Cesar Azpilicueta on the left, flew in past everyone and into the corner of the net to give Chelsea their first goal of the new season.

Having the lead invigorated Chelsea further, and the Stamford Bridge crowd began to see the best of the creative axis that won them the league last season. Hazad, Fabregas and Costa put fine passing moves together and threatened to double the lead. Diego Costa especially looked sharp after the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Community Shield and friendly match with Fiorentina on Wednesday. But Chelsea’s advantage didn’t even last until the half hour mark as Swansea equalised with a soft goal. A cross from the left side found Gomis whose string header Courtois could only push out to Swansea’s Andre Ayew who netted from close range at the second attempt.

Whatever joy Swansea felt at drawing level was even more shot lived than the deficit they obliterated as Chelsea instantly attacked and regained the lead from an own goal from Federico Fernandez- the defender helpless as Willian’s cross deflected off him and into the same corner that Oscar’s free-kick had landed in minutes earlier.

While Chelsea have played well and do deserve their lead they would be wise to remember the harm that Swansea have been able to cause them in the first half. The visitors have attacked with pace and have been able to get behind Chelsea’s back line, in particular from the left.