The Blues couldn’t maintain a 100% win ratio in the new season as they were held to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium, (no) thanks to some defensive errors from Courtois and Cahill.
Costa had put the visitors ahead with a fine strike after a slow start from them predicted what to expect from the match.
The lead was maintained into the break, but it was quickly thrown to the soil as 2 quick goals from the host threatened to hand Conte his first Premier League defeat.
Thibaut couldn’t deal with a long quick ball into his box and eventually committed a foul on Gylfi Sigurðsson, and the resulting spot kick was smoothly converted by the Iceland international.
Few minutes later, Cahill was caught unaware by an onrushing Fer who wasted no time to snatch the ball and calmly put it in between the goalie’s leg when through on goal.
The Blues intensified their efforts as Fabregas and Moses introductions eventually paid off, with Costa getting the equalizer via an overhead kick.
Given the stark contrast in forms between the 2, Swansea would have gladly taken 1 point prior to the match if handed to them, but Chelsea’s slump, probably as a result of a tough international break saw the Welsh side almost hold on to a win.
Conte sure won’t want such lackadaisical performance against Liverpool on Friday.
Here are talking points from the game.
Costa could cost Chelsea despite his goals
For the umpteenth time in the EPL this term, the Chelsea point man remaining on the pitch after yellow card-worthy offenses remains a mystery.
He now has 3 yellow cards and 4 goals in 4 games. 2 more yellows and he would sit out a game according to EPL rules.
That could be soon and it would even be much better if only that happens as his chances of attracting F.A’s retrospective actions/bans due to his antics, bullying, theatrics and unnecessary fouls are very high.
His understudy, Batshuayi looks like a capable replacement in his absence, but having him banned is best entirely prevented.
Swansea are far from finished
After back-to-back losses and just a win in 4 games, the Swans were beginning to look vulnerable having parted ways with Williams, Ayew and Gomis during the transfer window.
Many even tip them for relegation as they were bound to miss their former stars this term and fall off.
However, a resilient performance against a top side shows they can survive for the 7th time in the top flight at the end of the season.
Chelsea need consistent attacking and defensive excellence
Had Swansea held on to their lucky lead, then Conte’s men would have been left ruing their lack of precise finishing in the attacking third and a weak defending at the back.
Despite being unable to create a lot of chances, they still managed to go clear on goal on few occasions. They could only convert 2 when it could have been way more.
It’s beginning to get tough with teams set to come up different game plans to frustrate Chelsea. If they can’t learn to get the goals when they have the chances to, it could be their undoing this term.
Having named an unchanged backline since February, the Blues weren’t able to put up impressive defending like they are known for.
Teams with better attackers will capitalize on that if things don’t change at the back.