An entertaining league fixture at the Liberty Stadium saw Swansea clinch a historical win against Chelsea.
The Blues stepped into the match with nothing really to play for other than pride and it clearly showed with the line-up, however, injuries played a major role in Hiddink’s team selection.
On the other hand, Swansea needed a victory to further push themselves away from the relegation zone and the Swans were terrific on Saturday against a clueless Chelsea.
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson struck home a lethal effort in the first half for Swansea, giving them a 1-0 lead. The Blues did create a number of decent chances during the contest, most notably one that came to Alexandre Pato, but the Brazilian on his first start simply screwed it wide.
The Swans managed to hold on and were able to inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season for the Blues under Hiddink.
Here are the player ratings from Swansea 1-0 Chelsea.
Asmir Begovic – 6/10
Made a few decent saves in the first half but could not keep out Sigurdsson’s brilliant effort.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 5.5/10
Playing in his preferred right-back role, Azpilicueta was still shown the door by Montero quite often.
Matt Miazga – 4/10
Really struggled in the first half before being substituted at half-time. The former New York Red Bulls man started confidently with an impressive sliding tackle in the eighth minute, but his play got worse as the first half went on.
Branislav Ivanovic – 6/10
The Serbian is looking better than he did earlier in the campaign but wasn’t brilliant in defence. Lack of pace a real concern.
Baba Rahman – 5.5/10
The left-back has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, and yet again had a difficult outing.
John Obi Mikel -5.5/10
Headed the defensive line – didn’t do too much wrong but nothing outstanding either.
Cesc Fabregas – 5/10
The Spanish midfielder tried to pull the strings but failed to have any meaningful impact.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7/10
Ruben Loftus-Cheek seemed the only bright spot in attack for Chelsea on Saturday which saw a pathetic performance from both Pato and Pedro. But the youngster needs to make the most of his chances in Chelsea colours, something he struggled to do today.
Oscar – 6/10
The Brazilian featured on the wing but didn’t have the impact he would have hoped for.
Pedro – 6/10
Tried to get forward and attack but found it difficult to have an influence.
Alexandre Pato – 5/10
Pato netted on his debut but couldn’t make his, admittedly minimal, chances count in this game. The 26-year-old Brazilian had only 16 touches over 63 minutes, as he failed to challenge the Swans with his sloppy movement in the final third.
Kenedy – 6/10
Came on at half-time and ran well at Swansea, but no changes to mention.
Bertrand Traore – 5.5/10
A late substitute but no time to affect the game.
Radamel Falcao – 5.5/10
A late substitute – no time to make an impact.
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