Following three wins from three, Antonio Conte took his Chelsea side to south Wales aiming to secure his 100% winning start to the Premier League season.
A 2-2 draw ended with a lot of controversy, but the game also displayed some stunning football, the likes of which is only seen in England.
Conte’s men traveled to struggling Swansea on the back of three successive victories. Despite Chelsea’s winning start to the campaign, they have been slightly lucky with both games against West Ham and Watford seeing late goals after some apprehensive displays to secure all three points.
Nonetheless, Sunday’s draw with Swansea showed the resilience in Conte’s Chelsea who, for the third time this season, have come-back to take points from games. Two Diego Costa strikes either side of a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty and a Leroy Fer goalmouth scramble meant Chelsea took a point away from Wales from a losing position.
But these three players were crucial to Chelsea’s draw with Swansea City…
We really are starting to see the Oscar that was signed as a ‘wonderkid’. His energy and work-rate cannot be underestimated or questioned as Antonio Conte looks like he may be the perfect manager for the Brazilian.
Constantly found between the lines, he often left Cork chasing shadows and set up Costa for his first half opener before playing a key role in the second.
If he can continue this form he may prove to be a key a member of Conte’s side for years to come.
N’Golo Kante is on his way to becoming one of the best defensive midfielders in decades at Stamford Bridge. Often compared to Claude Makelele, Kante’s performances in England since August 2015 have been truly exceptional.
The former Leicester star was everywhere in the first half and the only real error was losing Leroy Fer for a late chance, which he squandered. If Chelsea are to regain their status and Europe or England’s best, Kante will be crucial to the success the club achieve.
If Chelsea are to regain their status as Europe or England’s best, Kante will be crucial to the success the club achieve.
Dirty Diego was at his usual tricks once again this weekend. Two goals, controversy, and his usual aggression mean this is nothing new for many football fans. But unlike last season, Costa has the hunger to be a success story like his first season in England.
The hunger is certainly back for Costa, who now has four Premier League goals in as many games this season. A fantastic first-time finish to open the scoring and then a great acrobatic strike to level proceedings show why Diego Costa is one of the best in the business.