Anthony Rudiger’s first Premier League goal for the club was enough to secure a deserved victory against Swansea.
As Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was sent to the stands in the first half after arguing with referee Neil Swarbrick
The narrow scoreline doesn’t paint an accurate picture of this encounter; Chelsea could easily have scored seven or eight on the night.
Conte will wince when he sees replays of his diatribe at Mason. It was unnecessary.
At least his players – during a largely frustrating night – kept their cool as they continue to hunt down Manchester City.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Courtois 6; Cahill 6.5, Christensen 6.5, Rudiger 7; Zappacosta 6.5 (Moses 75), Kante 7, Fabregas 8, Alonso 7.5; Willian 7 (Drinkwater 81), Morata 6.5, Pedro 7 (Hazard 80)
Subs not used: Caballero, Bakayoko, Azpilicueta, Ampadu
Manager: Conte 4
Goal: Rudiger 55′
SWANSEA (4-3-1-2): Fabianski 8.5; Naughton 6.5, Hoorn 7.5, Mawson 8, Olsson 6.5; Ki 6, Mesa 5 (McBurnie 65, 5.5), Carroll 6; Sanches 4 (Fer 46, 5); Bony 5, Ayew 5 (Routledge 85).
Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Dyer, Clucas, Rangel
Manager: Clement 5.5.
Swansea finally drew a save from Thibaut Courtois when Jordan Ayew fired across the six-yard box from a tight angle, but it was the sum of what the visitors could manage against a Chelsea side who should already have been out of sight.