May 27, 2018

Chelsea stays in hunt for berth in Champions League

29 April 2018, 04:18 | Donald Newman

Swansea City left to sweat as Cesc Fabregas takes advantage of error

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

The Blues manager achieved his 50th victory in the Premier League, a 1-0 win away to Swansea, thanks to Cesc Fabregas's 50th goal in the competition, but Conte was dissatisfied by the London club's fourth successive victory in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp's third-place side still requires a maximum of four points from its last two matches, including a trip to fifth-place Chelsea, to be sure of Champions League qualification. We have an opportunity to finish in the top four.

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 to Tottenham is to get three points in every game", said Conte.

"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".

But Chelsea remain firm outsiders to make the Champions League next season - and Conte knows the reason why.

Just when Swansea were beginning to relax and share the "don't worry, be happy" attitude of their manager Carlos Carvalhal, they find themselves back in nail-biting mode, their second Premier League defeat in a row and sixth game without a win leaving them a point ahead of 18th-placed Southampton.

Matchwinner Cesc Fabregas targets nine points from nine in order to overtake one of Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool to finish fourth in the Premier League.

Southampton could yet have the chance to overtake Swansea when they visit the Liberty on Tuesday, 8 May before Stoke travel across the border on the final day of the season.

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.

With an nearly flawless finish to their league campaign needed to overtake either Tottenham or Liverpool, Chelsea will need the former Footballer of the Year to remain as dependable and decisive as he was here. We dominated the game but scored only one goal.

West Brom would have been relegated to the Championship if they had failed to take maximum points at St James' Park, but Matt Phillips bagged the first-half victor to keep them in with a shout for a few more hours at least.

"When we arrived we were five points to the teams above, we depended on others to try and get out of this position".

Cherries defender Cook made a mess of McCarthy's long kick and Tadic collected the ball, drove forward and expertly found the bottom left corner from 20 yards.

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