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Rudiger goal sinks Swansea


Antonio Rudiger scored his first Premier League goal on Wednesday night as the Blues beat Swansea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the narrow scoreline, Chelsea were the better team by far, creating a number of good chances.

However, it took until German defender Rudiger's 55-minute goal for the Blues to make the break through.

Rudiger was named in a three-man defence with Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen, in front of Thibaut Cortois in goal.

Cesc Fabregas started next to N'Golo Kante in midfield, while Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta provided width.

Willian and Pedro supported Alvaro Morata up front.

Morata was a threat from the start, linking up with Pedro to create a chance and almost creating another when he went down in the area.

Pedro then called the Swansea goalkeeper into action, before Morata was at it again, seeing a header and then a volley saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

The first-half was all Chelsea, and the only thing their performance was missing was a goal.

The goal came ten minutes after half-time. A short corner was played to Kante who hammered a shot at goal. A defender got in the way, but the ball fell straight to Rudiger to head into the net.

There was also some good news from the Chelsea treatment room, as Victor Moses made his first appearance after injury.

After the match, goalscorer Rudiger talked about his clean sheet as well as his goal.

‘You can never feel comfortable because the Premier League is a competitive league and the opposition can cause danger. Swansea had danger with [Wilfried] Bony up front, he is physically very strong but we made it good.

‘My goal was instinct. I had a bit of luck that the ball came there but it did and I am very happy. I am more happy that we have the three points but to score a winning goal is a good feeling.’

Next up for Chelsea is another home game, as the Blues host Newcastle United in Saturday.

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