Guus Hiddink did seemingly everything possible to lower Chelsea’s talent level against Swansea, starting a variety of players with limited experience in lieu of nearly all of the regular starters.
The end result? A 1-0 loss against Swansea City – who essentially guaranteed their safety after a relegation scare in the middle of the season. The defeat at Liberty Stadium marked their first loss in the Premier League since the start of 2016 and the first since Jose Mourinho was fired in December.
The Blues surrendered a goal in the first half after a botched attempt to clear the ball by centre-back Matt Miazga set up Gylfi Sigurddson for a hopping goal.
After making some halftime adjustments, the Blues seldom had a chance to make anything happen on the Swans side.
The best chance they had came when Alexandre Pato made a backheel flick of a Pedro pass in the box that sailed just inches wide of the goal.
Not even the addition of the rarely-seen Radamel Falcao could lift Chelsea to an equalizer as the Blues were shut out for the first time in two months.
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