Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was extremely disappointed with the performance of referee Andre Marriner in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Gary Cahill appeared to be clearly fouled by Swansea striker Leroy Fer, but the referee waved away any appeals for the move that directly led to the second goal scored by the home team. The goal from Swansea came just minutes after they had equalised through aSigurðsson penalty. Chelsea opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Diego Costa, who has scored more goals against Swansea than any other Premier League team.
The goal by the Spaniard took his league tally to three goals in four games. However, the five minute spell in the second half lead to Chelsea going down and once again needing to the chase the game. Chelsea came into the game with a 100% start to the campaign, but two of those victories came in the final 10 minutes. The blues looked destined for another such victory when Costa came up with his second goal of the evening, but it was not a fairytale finish. Chelsea had to settle for just one point and losing the 100% record in such a manner was extremely difficult for Conte to accept.
Thibaut Courtois was a slight fault for the opening goal scored by Swansea, as he conceded a penalty to stop a counter-attack. “We know today how we lost two points. We conceded two goals – one after our free-kick – and the second goal I think that everyone can see the situation.I don’t want to talk about the decision [for the second Swansea goal] but I think it was a bad decision by the referee. I can tell you that Diego Costa from the first minute to 94 minutes… he took a lot of kicks,” said Conte.