RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V SWANSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Sunday's much-needed home win that caught his eye…
1. It was a question of three points at this sharp end of the season when performances and team selection are secondary considerations. Swansea appeared to take their eye off the league when winning the League Cup and are safe in mid-table so this game was more about what Chelsea were going to do. Gary Cahill was solid on his return and looked enthusiastic about playing again, and with John Terry and Ashley Cole back up to full speed we have defensive strength in depth for the final matches. It was a game we needed to see through and we were thoroughly professional in getting the goals and a clean sheet.
2. Chelsea tried to play at a good tempo early in the game but found it difficult because Swansea were sitting back with essentially a 4-5-1 shape. Jonathan De Guzman who has been a dangerous player this season made no runs forward whatsoever, which is not his normal game, so it was a back four with a five-man midfield sitting in and saying to Chelsea if you think you can score then come and score. They had no qualms about not pushing forward at all, and we found it difficult to get the tempo going.
3. I said in commentary the game needed a kick and whether that came from the fans, the players, a shot on-target or a special moment of skill it didn't matter, but the game needed a lift. Although we never want to see anyone get injured, especially at this stage of the season, when Ramires did have to come off, the decision by Rafael Benitez to replace him with Frank Lampard gave the whole ground a buzz and that worked in our favour.
4. It proved the right decision because Frank was terrific. He was involved in Oscar's opener and I had no doubts he was going to score the penalty because he was playing so well and was so influential. The tide turned and we seemed to be a much better side. From then on it was always how many we were going to get rather than Swansea coming back in to it.
5. Chelsea only made one substitution and that was in the first half, which is quite unusual. That may have been with a thought to Thursday against Basel, and there are some players the manager might have wanted to give 90 minutes to, but also if we had got the third goal there may have been more subs.We were comfortable and didn't want to give Swansea a lift. Sometimes a change in players can mean a team goes a little out of shape and the opposition suddenly get a goal and there is a grandstand finish. Avoiding that was the right way to go about it.