Chelsea have closed the gap in the English Premier League table between themselves and second placed club Manchester United to just one point after beating The Red Devils 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game in the second half to end his personal goal drought and fire The Blues to a deserved victory over former boss Jose Mourinho.

N’Golo Kante tested United keeper David de Gea early on while Marcus Rashford headed just wide at the other end for the visitors. Tiemoue Bakayoko was then unable to find the target with a close range effort while one-time Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku forced a save from Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Antonio Conte’s men looked the more dangerous on the attack with an Eden Hazard shot being saved by de Gea and Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso heading chances just wide.

Morata and Davide Zappacosta both had shots saved by de Gea towards the end of the half as the two sides went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

The second half saw Morata fire an effort wide before Hazard was unable to beat de Gea with a shot from inside the box.

In the 55th minute, Chelsea finally got their goal with Morata scoring a trademark header after being supplied with the ball by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Both Rashford and Ander Herrera tried to level for the visitors without success but in truth, the goalscoring threat from United was minimal.

At the other end, Bakayoko again blasted a shot off target while both Hazard and Gary Cahill kept de Gea on his toes.

As the match moved towards its conclusion, the visitors were getting desperate for an equalising goal and Courtois had to be alert to prevent Marouane Fellaini from levelling matters while The Blues’ defensive qualities were clear to see as Chelsea hung on for a 1-0 victory.

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