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Antonio Conte sent off before Rüdiger header sees Chelsea past Swansea City

These are nervous times for Paul Clement. In a week that will see two of Swansea’s relegation rivals appoint new managers, a narrow defeat to the reigning champions away from home – courtesy of Antonio Rüdiger’s second-half header – does not sound like the worst result. Yet the manner of this performance in which Swansea barely mustered a shot in anger and with the Welsh club now the only team in the bottom five not to have parted company with their manager this season, it is clear that his time is running out fast.

The sending off of his counterpart Antonio Conte just before half-time for a bizarre tantrum at the fourth official had perhaps given Clement a glimmer of hope that this could be his night. But those hopes were dashed when Chelsea finally took the lead and never looked like surrendering it as they maintained their faint hopes of retaining the Premier League title they won with such style last season.

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