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30 April, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea's Uefa Champions League qualification hopes are very much alive after their 1-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday night.

Chelsea are now the 5/4 favourites with 888sport to win the game and blow the top four race wide open while you can get odds of 2/1 on Liverpool taking home the three points and wrapping-up their Champions League place.

Chelsea host Liverpool next weekend in one of the biggest matches of the season for the Blues, as a win would take Conte's men to within three points of the Anfield club. With a huge game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Conte says his team are ready to put even more pressure on the teams above them.

And with three of their last four games at the Liberty Stadium, including final-week visits from Southampton and Stoke, Carvalhal is upbeat about Swansea's survival prospects.

There is also little breathing space for Swansea now in the fight for top-flight safety as Southampton's victory against Bournemouth reduces their advantage to the relegation zone to one point.

In a game of precious few chances, it was Cesc Fabregas' superb fourth-minute strike that proved decisive, his 50th in the Premier League.

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Fabregas scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when Eden Hazard capitalised on a mistake from Andy King and fed the ball to the Spaniard.

"It is something very positive if we play like that under pressure, the pressure is welcome because we play in a good way to stay in the division".

Just when Swansea were beginning to relax and share the "don't worry, be happy" attitude of their manager Carlos Carvalhal, they find themselves back in nail-biting mode, their second Premier League defeat in a row and sixth game without a win leaving them a point ahead of 18th-placed Southampton.

The Swans started to grow into the game towards the end of the half, but were unable to penetrate the Chelsea backline and test Thibaut Courtois.

And Swansea must hope top scorer Jordan Ayew avoids retrospective action for a late challenge on Gary Cahill when the striker appeared to catch the Chelsea defender in the neck.

"Why? Because when we arrived we were five points adrift (of 17th place), no-one else was playing in this condition in this competition". In this moment we just depend on us, it's something we have in our hands.

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