Again, Diego Costa was the saviour of Chelsea. Two goals in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium, his second was an acrobatic that deflected into the goal post in 81st-minute of the match, saved his team from what would have been embarrassment from Swansea, whose two goals both resulted from Chelsea defensive meltdowns.
Three minutes of madness derailed a Chelsea team that looked to be cruising to victory. A 59th-minute rush of blood from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois pulled Swansea level after Costa’s first-half goal had put Chelsea ahead. The Belgian goalkeeper chased down a long ball that had been pumped into his area and clumsily brought Gylfi Sigurdsson to the ground.
Andre Marriner who was the Referee gave the penalty, which Sigurdsson converted after Courtois escaped with a yellow card. Marriner was correct. The second goal was caused by Cahill mistake to trap a simple pass from John Terry.
Costa was guilty of a shocking miss later in the first half, one of 14 shots Chelsea had on Lukasz Fabianski’s goal in that first period, when, 2 yards out, he somehow managed to hook it beyond the far post.
As has become customary, by 50 minutes in, every Costa touch was booed by the home fans. When, not long after Fer’s goal, he flopped to the ground under what looked a perfectly legal challenge from Fabianski outside the area, Costa, for the third time this season, was lucky to escape a second yellow card for clear simulation.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was frenzied on the touchline as his team surrendered their 100 percent Premier League record. This was a result that compounded Manchester City’s position at the top of the table. Yet again, Chelsea had needed a rescue job from Costa, to do what he did in their previous match against West Ham and Watford which resulted in their late victory.
Luiz received grateful applause from the traveling Chelsea fans ahead of the match. His status as one of the heroes of the club’s 2012 Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich will never be forgotten.
Cahill’s blunt error, and the disaster that Courtois suffered, suggested that Luiz and left-back Alonso might get their chance soon. Chelsea’s defence looks like their major weak point, since only against Burnley, a 3-0 win a fortnight ago, have Chelsea kept a Premier League clean sheet so far. Zouma is still on his way back from a ligament injury and Conte’s boiling rage at Cahill’s error suggested that the England defender’s starting place might be in serious jeopardy.
The match later ended in a 2 : 2 draw, making Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte Furious, devastated and surprised at the same time, I guess he never saw this coming, but it’s a Football match, and in a Football match anything is possible, no doubt.
Will this be Courtois last mistake? This was not the first error he has made to leave Chelsea fans longing for Petr Cech, sold to The Gunners last year.