The Chelsea backup unit is good, but perhaps not so good that they can clobber any team not named Aston Villa. After giving the start at forward to Alexandre Pato and benching the majority of the regular starters, Chelsea stumbled out of the gate in the first half against Swansea City and found themselves down a goal early in the match.
As the Swans have come to expect for most of the season, it was Gylfi Sigurdsson on the receiving end of an ill-advised header from Chelsea centre-back Matt Miazga, who caught it with a perfect scoring lane and promptly made the Blues pay for their mistake.
Though the Swans were held scoreless for the rest of the half, they continued to make life miserable for the Blues – particularly for the young Miazga – and exposed numerous weaknesses among the backup group as they relentlessly attacked and got several scoring chances that were only narrowly avoided.
At halftime the score is Swansea 1-0 Chelsea.