Fabregas's early goal for Chelsea adds to Swansea's worries

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Chelsea kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive and dented Swansea City's survival bid with a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

Cesc Fabregas was set up by Eden Hazard to secure a 1-0 victory Saturday over Swansea that gave Chelsea a third successive victory.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he is aware that their dreams of playing in the Champions League next season is no longer in their hands but believes there's no harm in putting pressure on the teams above them in anticipation of a slip-up.

"Our top scorer has scored only 12 goals", the Chelsea boss said after his 50th Premier League victory.

But Eden Hazard, who set up Fabregas for his fourth-minute victor, is Chelsea's leading scorer this season with a modest 12 goals. The statistics speak very well'. We created chances and had control of the game, possession of the ball and we were quite comfortable.

Chelsea require Spurs to falter or for Liverpool to be so wrapped in their Champions League campaign they drop further points.

"The bad thing is that it's not up to us but we have to be right behind putting pressure because in football, anything can happen and we have to be there to make sure that if it happens we are there to take it".

The Blues were swiftly off their blocks when Cesc Fabregas pounced on an opportunity in the 3rd minute to register his 50th career goal since first arriving in England back in 2003.

Carlos Carvalhal's men now have three games to preserve their top-flight status, including home clashes with the Saints and Stoke City, in what promises to be a nail-biting climax to the season. After Tottenham plays Watford on Monday, the north London club and Chelsea will have three games remaining.

On their performance against the Swans, the midfielder explained: "I think we played well, we started well".

While Chelsea look upwards for others to stumble, Swansea are looking downward with increasing nervousness.

"I saw everything I wanted to see except fluency and fun and joy", Klopp said.

"Outside the area it's a foul, so in the area it must be a penalty".

The result leaves Chelsea FC in fifth place in the table but just two points behind Tottenham and six behind Liverpool FC as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

On a rainy day with players slipping and the ball was sliding, Swansea just couldn't get the ball to bound the right way against the favored and visiting Blues. Swans play both teams, are two points behind Huddersfield Town and West Ham United.