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Blues still in third thanks to Rudiger

Chelsea 1 Swansea 0


Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Conte was sent off as Chelsea claimed a fifth Premier League win in six games with a 1-0 defeat of Swansea.

Head coach Conte was dismissed from the touchline for the first time in his Chelsea career by referee Neil Swarbrick moments before half-time after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal kick.

Conte watched the second half from the dressing room as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich saw Antonio Rudiger's goal prove decisive.

Abramovich may heed Conte's calls to strengthen the Chelsea squad in the winter transfer window after the Blues struggled to kill off their poor visitors.

The Blues' only dropped points in their last six league games came at Liverpool last Saturday, while Swansea suffered a 10th loss of the season.

The Blues netted in the 55th minute. N'Golo Kante's shot deflected off Wilfried Bony's head into the path of Rudiger, who showed a striker's instinct to head in for his first league goal.

Marcos Alonso had a shot blocked, Morata clipped an effort over and Willian's shot was parried by Lukasz Fabianski as Chelsea spurned the chance to add a second. Swansea almost stole a point only for substitute Wayne Routledge to cross too far in front of Wilfried Bony.