RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: SWANSEA V CHELSEA

Posted on: Mon 05 Nov 2012

Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from a game when two points were let slip that caught his eye…

1. I said during the commentary that this was one of those scenarios when you win ugly because we weren't playing that well. We had more possession than Swansea and although we didn't really deserve all three points it was disappointing not to see the game through. What is good is that round the corner there is a tough game against Shakhtar on Wednesday so that helps clear Saturday's game out of minds quickly.

2. There was speculation after the match over whether tiredness played a part following the two Man United games, including extra-time. Those fixtures are tough but physically top players like these can cope. Mental strength may be more of a factor because when you are 1-0 up you don't want to make runs you don't need to make and mentally, this is where a player like John Terry is so immense. We do miss his organisation at times and the last 20 minutes are normally ideal for experienced players like John and Frank Lampard to control matters.

3. Eden Hazard and Victor Moses both had good performances, Moses given an opportunity after doing well against Man United midweek. He did well again in what was a tough game. Hazard's work rate was much better defensively than in some previous games although in the early stages he left Ashley Cole a little exposed. After the first 20 minutes they started to sort things out and in the second half Hazard was one of our best players. Cesar Azpilicueta is also emerging, he still has things to learn about the Premier League but he is showing he can be another one of our attacking right-backs, although it will be by showing he is good at defending that he will win a place in the team.

4. Gary Cahill again proved himself as good as those he is playing with, and his impressive goalscoring will add to his confidence. At the moment if we get him in the box, he is the one getting on the end of all corners and free-kicks and making things happen. Other teams throughout the Premier League will be saying he is the one they need to keep an eye on at set-pieces.

5. In the first half Oriol Romeu played alongside John Mikel Obi so unlike when Ramires or Frank Lampard play in one of the deep midfield roles, there wasn't one player in the pair more naturally suited to going forward. Mikel pushed up more than normal but when he crosses the halfway line there is a fear that as soon as the other team get the ball we are in trouble without him back. Those two are both more suited to hold and we were away from home with this was always likely to be a tight game, but Roberto Di Matteo did decide at half-time that he needed to replace one of them with Ramires.

Clive Walker is part of the commentary team for games on chelseafc.com this season. Go to our Matchday Live section or hear it via our Mobile App.