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Stamford Bridge

Thu 26 Dec 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 41,111)


Boxing Day brings visitors from South Wales for the first of consecutive home games. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton supply the festive facts and figures…

On 25 December a century ago, the inside of Chelsea's Christmas matchday programme, the Chronicle, carried a message to supporters with a wonderful drawing of a jolly old Chelsea Pensioner raising a glass of good cheer and doffing his holly-sprigged cap.

Bearing remarkable similarities to the iconic adverts used by Coca-Cola 18 years later, the scarlet-jacketed ex-serviceman wishes 'That every joy and happiness may be yours this Christmastide is the sincere wish of the Pensioner.'

On the cover, though, was a warning to the visitors, The Wednesday, in cartoon form. It was a wintry scene featuring a cigar-smoking Pensioner on top of a hill about to roll a huge snowball down on an unsuspecting tourist from Sheffield.

Engraved on the sphere are the words: 'DEFEAT. WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON.' So much for the season of goodwill. In the end the raw material was actually lacking in 1913 - there was no white Christmas - but Chelsea still spoiled Wednesday's Thursday with a 2-1 win.

Five of Swansea's 23 Barclays Premier League goals this season have been own goals.

We really should approach today's game in the same spirit. Fourth in a congested top five, the Blues are two points off the top of tree after the resolute draw at Emirates.

The impressive overall performance would have been even better had a goal or two accompanied Petr Cech's 150th league clean sheet. That shutout was the Blues' first on the domestic front in five games. The home supporters moaning about 'Boring Chelsea' at the end might appreciate a Specsavers voucher for Christmas - their side's first and only effort on target had come just five minutes earlier.

'If we cannot improve our efficiency in front of goal we have to improve at the other end,' said Jose Mourinho recently. Still there are enough chances being created to suggest the Blues will bash an opponent sooner or later. We had 13 shots at the Arsenal goal and four were on target, while Frank Lampard was especially unlucky with a volley from Eden Hazard's exquisite pass that rebounded off the underside of the bar.

Boxing Day does not always bring the bonuses Chelsea fans might reasonably expect. Last season's win at Norwich (pictured below) was only our seventh win on 26 December since the Premier League started in 1992. We have lost six and drawn the other eight.

Norwich v Chelsea

Visitors Swansea have struggled for wins over a campaign bearing the extra weight of Europa League football. Last season's Capital One Cup winners have managed just five Premier League victories, yet three of them have come on the road and two in London.

There was some good news for Swans fans when Michael Laudrup aligned himself with Chelsea supporters by ruling out accepting the vacant Tottenham manager job, shortly before Tim Sherwood was handed his 18-month contract.

Wins today and on Sunday against Liverpool would lift Mourinho's Blues up the table ahead of the New Year's Day journey to Southampton.

Unfortunately the scheduling of successive home games has not influenced the people at TFL who plan engineering work, and local transport will be severely affect for both matches. Details of how best to make your way to the Bridge can be found here

Barclays Premier League fixtures

Hull v Manchester United 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace 3pm
Cardiff v Southampton 3pm
Chelsea v Swansea 3pm
Everton v Sunderland 3pm
Newcastle v Stoke 3pm
Norwich v Fulham 3pm
Tottenham v West Brom 3pm
West Ham v Arsenal 3pm - BT Sport
Manchester City v Liverpool 5.30pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top eight
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Liverpool 17 +23 36
2 Arsenal 17 +16 36
3 Man City 17 +31 35
4 Chelsea 17 +14 34
5 Everton 17 +13 34
6 Newcastle 17 +2 30
7 Tottenham 17 -5 30
8 Man United 17 +8 27
11 Swansea 17 0 20

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Michael Essien returns from the suspension that ruled him out of Monday's draw at Arsenal. Jose Mourinho, a fan of the hectic Christmas period that is unique among Europe's top leagues, is likely to make several changes from that game.

The 4-3-3 formation constricted and stretched the Gunners and Essien and late sub David Luiz can compete with Mikel to anchor midfield in that system.

Fernando Torres was the only centre-forward used in north London so either Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba may step in today. Juan Mata was rested entirely along with Ashley Cole and Kevin De Bruyne

Chelsea have scored at least two goals in each of the last 13 home league games, but no side has conceded fewer on the road than the Swans.

However Michael Laudrup arrives with a team torn apart by injuries. Holland international squad member Michel Vorm's knee operation ahead of the World Cup has meant a return for 35-year-old Gerhard Tremmel back in goal - he has never lost to Chelsea.

The Danish coach is also without strikers Michu and Alvaro Vasquez, right-winger Nathan Dyer and central defender Garry Monk.

In Michu's and Alvaro's absence Wilfried Bony, joint top scorer with Dyer, played the solo striker role in the 1-2 home defeat by Everton. The Swans have little cover in that area.

Laudrup can recall defensive midfielder Leon Britton after injury. Jonathan de Guzman and Jose Canas were the two deep-lying players against the Toffees.

Raiding right-back Angel Rangel (pictured below) also returns from suspension in place of Dwight Tiendalli. On the left flank full-back Ben Davies has caused Chelsea problems in the past. But it was his needless challenge that led directly to Everton's free kick winner at the weekend.

Rangel Swansea

Laudrup's attacking midfield three on Sunday comprised Wayne Routledge on the left, Pablo Hernandez the right, with Jonjo Shelvey central, although he regularly drops back into midfield to instigate attacks. Roland Lamah, who offers far less defensive cover, came on for Routledge. There is a lack of chemistry between those players in the final third that Chelsea will hope to exploit to keep them at bay.

At the back, central defender Chico Flores is prone to the odd accident in possession. All the Swans rearguard look to release flank players quickly but can become hemmed in or stretched under pressure, passing across the back if there is nothing immediately on, or dwelling too long before releasing.

It means teams tend to commit more players into the final third against them. Chelsea have applied a similar press to Sunderland and Arsenal and others in recent weeks with mixed results: the chances have been created but not taken. Swansea tend to conceded a lot of shots each match.

They are also regularly caught out by individual skill of opponents, conceding fouls in dangerous areas - as they did, fatally, at home to Everton. They are not the tallest team and can be vulnerable in the air.

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Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten league run against Swansea at Stamford Bridge to 11 games.

Swansea, were plain old Town back in 1928 when our two sides met for a Christmas in Wales. There were 12,659 spectators present for the Division Two clash on 29 December and the table-toppers returned home to London with both points thanks to Jimmy Thompson. The centre-forward enjoyed a prolific but short-lived playing career with the stunning return of 32 goals in 37 starts before moving to Norwich.

His main contribution to the Chelsea cause, though, was as a brilliant chief scout hoovering up the post-war football talent in his native east end of London. Greaves, Brabroook, Venables and myriad others came to the Bridge thanks to his sometimes law-bending recruitment methods.

The Blues' best result against the Swans (by now, like their hometown, given city status but threatened with relegation) came in December 1983, again in the second tier. Winger Paul Canoville netted the first, third and last goals in a 6-1 thrashing - his only hat-trick for the club (pictured below). Chelsea's other goals came through Pat Nevin, Kerry Dixon and John Bumstead. Ian Walsh scored for John Toshack's side on the slide.


Swansea's only league win at Stamford Bridge came in our first ever meeting in November 1925. Len Thompson, Jack Fowler and Billy Hole and were the visitors' scorers in their 3-1 win. Harry Wilding opened the scoring for the Blues.

Their only other win here was in the Capital One Cup semi-final in last January when the Swans won 2-0 on their way to the final.

Only the last two home league meetings have been in the top flight.

Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
1926/27 - Drew 2-2 - Old Division Two
1927/28 - Chelsea won 4-0 - Old Division Two
1928/29 - Chelsea won 4-0 - Old Division Two
1929/30 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Old Division Two
1962/63 - Drew 2-2 - Old Division Two
1979/80 - Chelsea won 3-0 - Old Division Two
1980/81 - Drew 0-0 - Old Division Two
1983/84 - Chelsea won 6-1 - Old Division Two
2011/12 - Chelsea won 4-1 - Premier League
2012/13 - Chelsea won 2-0 - Premier League




Other matches last season
3 November 2012 Barclays Premier League
Swansea……..….…1 Chelsea…….……..……1
Hernandez 87            Moses 60
               Att: 20,527

9 January 2013 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg
Chelsea..……..….…0 Swansea….……..……2
Michu 38
Graham 90+1
             Att: 40,172

23 January 2013 Capital One Cup semi-final second leg
Swansea……..….…0 Chelsea…….……..……0
Att: 19,506

Chelsea v Swansea City in all competitions
Games played 25
Chelsea wins 10
Swansea wins 6
Draws 9

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 11
Chelsea wins 7
Swansea wins 1
Draws 3

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Swansea - 06/12/1983
Chelsea 1-3 Swansea - 21/11/1925

Chelsea kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge: 96
Swansea won a league game at Stamford Bridge: 32,177
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,141
Liverpool won the league: 8,636


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Chelsea have won 14 and drawn three of our last 17 home Barclays Premier League games since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

Chelsea have gained 11 points from losing positions this season, the best record in the Premier League.

Arsenal was our second clean sheet in our last 12 Premier League games.

Chelsea have trailed in five of our last eight league games.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 83 domestic games in open play. In the Premier League he's 68 unbeaten.

Last six results
Dec 4 Sunderland (a) W 4-3
Dec 7 Stoke (a) L 2-3
Dec 11 Steaua Bucharest (Champions League h) W 1-0
Dec 14 Crystal Palace (h) W 2-1
Dec 17 Sunderland (Capital One Cup a) L 1-2 aet
Dec 23 Arsenal (a) D 0-0


Premier League scorers (32)
Hazard 6 (1 pen), Oscar 5, Lampard 4 (1 pen), Schurrle 3, Eto'o 2, Terry 2, Torres 2, own goals 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1, Willian 1.

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 2
A home defeat: 17


Chelsea's next three games
Sun 29 Dec Liverpool home 4.00pm
Wed 1 Jan Southampton away 3.00pm
Sun 5 Jan Derby (FA Cup) away 2.15pm


Petr Cech kept his 150th clean sheet in the Premier League at Arsenal. Heis now two short of Peter Bonetti's club record 208 in all competitions.

If selected, Fernando Torres will make his 150th appearance for the Blues and Oscar his 50th Premier League appearance.

Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues.

Frank's next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).


Major trophies
1 League Cup in 2013
2 Football League Trophies, last in 2006
10 Welsh Cups, last in 1991

In March 1978, a 28-year-old John Toshack became the youngest manager in the Football League and took the Swans from the Fourth Division to the First in four seasons. They achieved their highest ever finish, sixth, in 1981/82 but were relegated the following season and in another four years were back in the Division Four.

Swansea achieved a similar rise in fortunes after promotion from League Two (fourth flight) in 2004/05 and arriving in the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May 2011.

Swansea have 10 points from a possible 24 this term with three wins against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Fulham, one draw at Norwich and four defeats to Tottenham, Southampton, Cardiff and Man City.

The Swans have only scored seven goals in their eight away league games this term.

No team have conceded fewer goals than Swansea's nine away from home in the Premier League this season.

They have yet to lose on the seven occasions they have opened the scoring having won five and draw two.

Swansea haven't won any of the nine games their opponents scored first, losing seven of them.

Manager Michael Laudrup
Days in charge: 374
Played 75
Won 26
Drawn 23
Lost 26

Swansea's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 59 10th League Division Three 4
2004/05 80 3rd League Two 4
2005/06 71 6th League One 3
2006/07 72 7th League One 3
2007/08 92 1st League One 3
2008/09 68 8th Championship 2
2009/10 69 7th Championship 2
2010/11 80 3rd Championship 2
2011/12 47 11th Premier League 1
2012/13 46 9th Premier League 1


Last six results
Dec 1 Man City (a) L 0-3
Dec 4 Newcastle (h) W 3-0
Dec 9 Hull (h) D 1-1
Dec 12 St Gallen (Europa League a) L 0-1
Dec 15 Norwich (a) D 1-1
Dec 22 Everton (h) L 1-2


Premier League scorers (23)
Own goals 5, Bony 4 (1 pen), Dyer 4, Shelvey 3, Davies 2, Michu 2, Chico 1, De Guzman 1, Hernandez 1.



League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 1

Referee Mike Jones is making his first appearance at the Bridge since our 2-1 win against Wigan in April 2012. Chelsea have won seven of the eight games he has officiated to date.

There are no suspensions.

David Luiz and Ramires are one domestic booking away from a suspension having received four yellow cards this season. Were either to be booked against Swansea they would miss the game against Liverpool on 29 December.

After the next two games. five yellow cards accrued will no longer result in a ban; from 1 January players will only receive a warning.

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Chelsea v Swansea City



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o


  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Swansea City

  • 25
    Gerhard Tremmel
  • 22
    Angel Rangel
  • 2
    Jordi Amat
  • 6
    Ashley Williams
  • 3
    Neil Taylor
  • 7
    Leon Britton
  • 21
    Substitution Jose Alberto Canas
  • 15
    Substitution Wayne Routledge
  • 8
    Jonjo Shelvey
  • 24
    Substitution Alejandro Pozuelo
  • 26
    Alvaro Vazquez


  • 33
    Ben Davies
  • 45
    Gregor Zabret
  • 20
    Substitution Jonathan de Guzman
  • 19
    Dwight Tiendalli
  • 4
  • 11
    Substitution Pablo Hernandez
  • 10
    Substitution Wilfried Bony

CHELSEA v SWANSEA - 26/12/13

Chelsea vs Swansea City Highlights

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Chelsea 1 Swansea 0
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
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A first-half Eden Hazard strike was enough to pick up three more precious Premier League points, with a strong defensive performance rendering more missed chances worthless.

It was an occasionally tense afternoon at Stamford Bridge, as we struggled to put clear daylight between ourselves and a resolute Swansea side, despite dominating much of the game. Hazard scored his ninth of the season with a fierce low drive, capping a spell of severe Chelsea dominance in an entertaining opening period.  

Samuel Eto'o went closest to adding a second, finding Gerhard Tremmel in fine form either side of the break, but we closed out the victory with relatively few scares, setting us up nicely for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.

Team news

With four games in 10 days over the Christmas period, it was little surprise to see Mourinho make changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Arsenal on Monday evening, five in total. Ashley Cole started his first Premier League game since November 2, while there was also a place in the defence for David Luiz. In midfield, Frank Lampard made way as Mourinho opted to revert to three attacking players behind the striker, with Samuel Eto'o chosen to lead the line. Juan Mata and Oscar, making his 50th Premier League appearance, were brought in to form part of that attacking trio behind the Cameroonian.

There were plenty of changes in our visitors' line-up, too, with Michael Laudrup bringing in six fresh faces from the team that lost to Everton on Sunday.

First half
A bright opening 10 minutes yielded a lot of Chelsea possession, often in dangerous areas, but few clear openings to speak of. Hazard nearly released Oscar but the ball slipped away from the Brazilian, and when we did manage to get a shot on goal, Branislav Ivanovic's effort was hacked away by Ashley Williams.

We continued to crank up the pressure in search of the opening goal, with our pressing game, high up the pitch, forcing the visitors to cede possession on a regular basis. Hazard had been looking especially lively and, after exchanging passes with Samuel Eto'o, he dragged the ball wide of Tremmel's goal as the angle narrowed.

A flurry of Chelsea chances came and went in quick succession, with our dominance now threatening to turn into an onslaught. Oscar produced a brilliant tackle on Alejandro Pozuelo out wide, and his searching cross was equally as good, picking out John Terry. The captain's volley, bounced hard into the ground, worried Tremmel enough for him to tip over the bar.

From the resulting corner Terry won his header but amid some panic in the visiting side's ranks the ball was put behind for another corner, and this time Ivanovic saw his shot blocked. A third consecutive corner eventually produced the match's clearest opening, Mata's devilish cross to the back post met by Terry - again - and his flick went past Tremmel but bounced agonisingly along the line, cleared by a man in white just before Mikel could pounce on the loose ball.

It felt like only a matter of time, but there was still a sense of relief at a chilly Stamford Bridge when Hazard finally did break the deadlock with 28 minutes played. Receiving Cole's pass on the left touchline, the Belgian drifted inside Jordi Amat with a drop of the shoulder and thumped the ball through Tremmel, the Swans' keeper perhaps unsighted as Williams got across to cover, in turn blocking his view.

Chelsea v Swansea

Mourinho was kicking thin air in frustration seconds later as the chance of an immediate second slipped by. Tremmel had been playing it out from the back from the first minute, and Eto'o, as we now know a master in the art of harassing goalkeepers into errors, managed to shut off a route out for the visitors' custodian. The loose ball was pounced upon by Tremmel just before it reached the lurking Oscar.

Swansea nearly capitalised on this reprieve with 32 gone when Shelvey flicked a header on in the box and Vazquez's shot on the volley was tipped over by Cech.

In truth, though, it had been Chelsea's half and we came very close to adding a second before the interval when Eto'o latched on to Mata's immaculate lobbed ball. On the run, the striker's left-footed shot was too close to Tremmel, who got down low to parry.

Chelsea v Swansea

Second half
Mourinho will have no doubt stressed to his team during the break the significance of a second goal, and welcome breathing space very nearly arrived within the first 15 seconds of the restart.

A penetrating David Luiz long ball into the channel released Mata on the right. The Spaniard's cross was perfect, finding Eto'o, but on the stretch he could only volley straight at Tremmel from six yards.

Eto'o again went close, having this time received Hazard's pass, but the Cameroonian fired just wide with Tremmel scrambling across his goal.

A feature of our recent games had been an inability to kill teams off when on top, so a decent spell of possession and territory for Swansea was of visible concern to Mourinho, anxious that his side not offer the opposition a route back into a game they had long been second best for.

Chelsea v Swansea

A couple of corners and deflected shots aside, that pressure didn't amount to anything tangible, and our manager made two changes in quick succession which, aligned with a formation change, helped swing the momentum back in our favour.

First Frank Lampard was introduced, in place of Oscar, as we switched to a midfield trio, and our all-time leading scorer was next to test Tremmel, drawing a fine diving save with a 20-yard daisy-cutter. Andre Schurrle then replaced Mata, with Hazard switching to the right of Eto'o and the German to the left.

We were still looking relatively comfortable when the ball was lobbed into our box, but our inability to make the right choice in the final third was keeping the game on tenterhooks, much to the irritation of an increasingly-agitated Mourinho.

Ramires was particularly culpable of failing to pick out a man in blue as the Brazilian led a lightening counter-attack, and when Swansea tried similar, our midfield engine ruled himself out of Sunday's game with Liverpool after tripping substitute Wilfried Bony, in the process earning his fifth yellow card of the season.

There were some dangerous late moments, including a couple of vital injury-time blocks from Mikel, but we saw the game out for a second consecutive clean sheet and a crucial Boxing Day victory.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Mata (Schurrle 71), Oscar (Lampard 67), Hazard (Willian 82); Eto'o.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Torres.
Scorers Hazard 29
Booked Ramires 85

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Tremmel; Rangel, Amat, Williams (c), Taylor; Britton, Canas (De Guzman 60); Pozuelo (Hernandez h/t), Shelvey, Routledge (Bony 75); Vazquez.
Unused substitutes: Zabret, Chico, Tiendalli, Davies.

Referee Mike Jones
Crowd 41,111

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