26 February 2017
Chelsea had their Spanish talents to thank for Saturday afternoon’s win over Swansea at the Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League leaders extended their lead at the top of the league to 11 points thanks to goals from Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, and Diego Costa, who are all Spanish internationals.
The impressive Fabregas who has been struggling for playing time under Antonio Conte was handed a rare start by the Italian manager and he took the opportunity with both hands as he emerged the Man of the Match with one goal and one assist.
Fabregas fired Chelsea ahead in the 19th minute after taking a pass from fellow Spaniard, Pedro, and fired in from close range.
Swansea equalised in the last minute of the first half through another Spaniard, Fernando Llorente. The former Juventus man headed in a perfectly weighted freekick from Iceland star, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chelsea went back ahead through Pedro in the 72nd minute, this time taking a pass from Fabregas. Pedro took the pass in its strides and fired a shot goalward which managed to creep into the net right under Lukas Fabianski’s body.
The assist took Fabregas’ all time Premier League assist to 102 to equal Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard, and come 60 assists withing all time leader, Ryan Biggs at 162.
Chelsea’s leading goalscorer this season, Diego Costa, completed the rout in the 84th minute when he volleyed in an Eden Hazard cross from the left wing with his left led.
The goal took the Brazil-born Spanish international to 16, two goals behind leader, Romelu Lukaku, who also bagged a goal on Saturday in Everton’s 2 – 0 win over Sunderland.
Costa has now scored 42 goals in 78 Premier League appearances to give him a 54 per cent conversation rate that is better than any other player to play more than 20 matches in the competition.
This season alone Spanish players have scored 30 goals for Chelsea. This is a feat not even any La Liga team has managed this season.
Chelsea is 11 points clear of Manchester City who have a game in hand.