Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw with Swansea in a thrilling tie at the Liberty Stadium as the Blues continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
Diego Costa opened the scoring mid-way through the first half with a fine curling effort after some hapless defending from the home side.
The Spaniard should have had two but fluffed his lines as the ball fell at his feet with the goal agape from an Eden Hazard corner.
Blue’s keeper Thibaut Courtois then conceded a penalty against the run of play, which was duly converted by Gylfi Sigurdsson to level the score and become Swansea’s all-time record Premier League goalscorer in the process.
A missed foul from Leroy Fer on Gary Cahill then led to the Dutchman being through on goal to stun Chelsea by taking a 2-1 lead and scoring his 3rd of the season.
Costa scored once again with a deflected overhead kick to level up for the Blues, before
The draw means new boss Antonio Conte has now won three of his first four Premier League games with the Blues and taken 10 points from a possible 12 in what has been a terrific start to the season for the Italian and his side.
Under the former Juventus manager, Chelsea are beginning to once again look like their title winning-self of the 2014/15 season following their awful slump in the previous campaign in which they finished a club record low of 10th.
Swansea, on the other hand have had a mixed bag of results to begin the season with, but having lost their previous two games, a draw against one of the league’s favourite’s for the title will be seen as a brilliant result.
End-to-end from the very beginning to the bitter end, it was a dramatic game with bookings, penalties, goals and controversies.
Diego Costa appears to be back to his best (besides THAT miss) as he added his 3rd of the season to open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium.
Perhaps more impressively was the normally fiery Spain international’s continual lack of reaction despite being constantly fouled by the Swansea back four.
It seems that new manager Antonio Conte seems to have managed to calm the beast and get his best form out of the striker simultaneously – something previous Chelsea managers have failed to do. I think he even cracked a smile at one point.
What a signing Swansea’s Leroy Fer is already proving to be this season. His goal was his third already in the league since re-joining the club from QPR.
While results may not have gone all their way, Fer looks like a class act in the Swans’ midfield alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson and could prove to be one of the signing’s of the summer if he continues in this rich vein of form.
Antonio Conte’s side certainly look a threat going forward thanks to the form of both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, and in the middle of the park the Blue’s look far more assured since the signing of N’Golo Kante this summer.
However, many of their problems of last season resolved about their defence, and it seems those issues are yet to be resolved.
Gary Cahill still looks half the player he did a few seasons ago, and Branislav Ivanovic struggles to track back the way has done in the past so effectively too.
Reinforcements are a must in January if Chelsea really are to be title contenders.