Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a 3-1 victory over a resolute Swansea City side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
FULL-TIME Chelsea 3-1 Swansea. The table-toppers see off a tenacious Swansea to go 11 points clear pic.twitter.com/5eObW9rchu
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Antonio Conte’s team looked in danger of a third draw in four league games when Fernando Llorente cancelled out Cesc Fabregas’s early goal but Pedro and Diego Costa secured victory, producing a clean sweep of goals by Spanish internationals.
Chelsea, beaten only once in 20 matches in all competitions, have 63 points from 26 matches, with Manchester City, who are not in action this weekend, on 52 from 25.
Tottenham Hotspur could trim the gap to 10 points if they beat Stoke City at home on Sunday.
Costa wrapped up the points with his 16th league goal of the season, volleying in from Eden Hazard’s pass.
“We conceded at the end of the first half, after the time was finished, so in this case there was a bit of luck, but we showed great character in the second half,” Conte said.
“We deserved a lot to win the game. Now it’s important to continue in this way. To look at ourselves and to think to win, to continue with great focus and concentration.”