Jose Mourinho’s side secured a 5-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, and Pat Nevin told the official Chelsea website that the Blues are starting to look like Manchester United when managed by Alex Ferguson.
Not only did the victory move Chelsea five points clear of Manchester City in second place, it played upon City’s mentality, and they failed to close the gap the following day, losing 2-0 at home to Arsenal.
From the first minute of the game Chelsea dominated, with Oscar’s opening goal ending the fixture as a contest before it had truly begun. Swansea never looked settled, and, although trying to impose themselves upon the game with their possession-based play, the Welsh club came progressively more defensive through fear of conceding more goals.
Regardless, the Blues carried on scoring, and a further strike from Oscar, as well as a Diego Costa brace and tap-in from Andre Schurrle rewarded Chelsea with the victory, and it showed that clubs who attempt to play their own way against Mourinho’s side will likely be punished.
Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has highlighted the importance of the victory when speaking to the official Blues website, claiming that the result will have a massive psychological effect upon the sides that are preparing to face the current league leaders.
He said: “Apart from the sheer entertainment of watching the spectacle it also has another hugely positive effect and that is on the opposition teams preparing to play us. Just about any team now knows that if they are too open and just a little too adventurous, they could also be on the end of an embarrassing hiding. How many teams are going to be brave enough now to have a real go at Chelsea, especially at the Bridge, when they have that dread in the back of their minds?”
The effect is one that La Liga side Barcelona made during their dominance under Pep Guardiola, whilst Nevin also believes that the Blues are building the same sort of character that Alex Ferguson brought to Manchester United during his era-defining spell in charge.
“For a long period until very recently in Spain, teams turned up to face Barcelona with that deep-rooted fear. Damage limitation was the first thing on some minds even before the whistle was blown.
“Closer to home, Manchester United in their pomp frightened most visitors into defeat with the same psychology. Every now and again, giving another side in the league a right good hammering does much more than just improve your goal difference and your own confidence, it crushes everyone else’s.”