Chelsea: Conte on Costa and Swansea draw
EPL By: Collins Udeme | 11/09/2016
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is disappointed that his side dropped points on Sunday says he was pleased with the fighting spirit the team showed to get a draw having found themselves behind midway through the second half.
Reflecting on an entertaining afternoon of Premier League football at the Liberty stadium that swung one way and then the other, Conte also heaped praises on goalscorer Diego Costa for a fine performance.
"It’s very difficult to talk about the game, above all the final result,’ Conte said.
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"Chelsea deserved to win this game. We created a lot of chances to score many goals. We were dominating the game, leading 1-0, and in only two minutes we were losing 2-1 and risked losing this game.
"Then there was a great reaction from the team to score a second goal and create the situation to win, but it didn’t happen. It is a pity because we lost two points today. Now we must look forward to prepare the next game.
"After every game, the press ask me about Diego Costa and his behaviour. Today I can say he had a fantastic behaviour to control the situation.
"He took a lot of kicks from the first minute until the end of the game. I am pleased because he showed me, his team-mates, he showed us all he has fantastic behaviour. It wasn’t easy.
"Defenders know him, and sometimes they try to provoke him. He is a player with great passion and they tried to provoke him but this is football, not only in England or with Diego, but all over the world." Conte is quoted as saying on the Blues' official website.
Costa fired Chelsea ahead in a first half they dominated, but were made to pay for not taking any of the ensuing chances created when Swansea hit back with two goals in three minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring from the spot before Leroy made it 2-1.
But Conte's men rallied late just like their previous away fixture at Watford and levelled with 10 minutes remaining when Costa’s overhead kick deflected in for an equalizer.