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.
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Chelsea winger Juan Mata has said that he is happy with the 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Capital One cup. Chelsea were the visitors to the Emirates stadium in order to take on Arsenal in this competition looking for a place in the quarter-finals. The West London outfit came with the incredible record of not having lost to Arsene Wenger during the regime of José Mourinho. The record continued on Tuesday as well despite Chelsea decided to field a second string team. That second string team contained with the likes of internationals like David Luiz, Juan Mata, and Cesar Azpilicueta.
They managed to outshine Arsenal in every area of the pitch. Azpilicueta opened the scoring in the 25th minute with his first Chelsea goal. He managed to capitalise on the error from his opposite number Carl Jenkinson, who tried to head the ball back to his goalkeeper. The effort was woefully short and it allowed Azpilicueta to pounce on the mistake. Azpilicueta was signed from French club Marseille for £ 7 million last summer. This was his first goal for the club, and it delighted his compatriot Mata. The Spain international himself scored his goal in the second half to make the game safe for Chelsea.
“We tried our best as it was a difficult game because Arsenal are playing really well in the Premier League and Champions League. They will always create chances with Cazorla, Ozil or Ramsey so it was an important goal to make more distance in the result. But today I’m more happy for Cesar, to be honest. He trains more than anyone and he fully deserves the goal and the celebration more than anything,” said Mata, who has not been featuring regularly in the Chelsea first-team this season. Chelsea came into the encounter on the back of a 2-1 win over title rivals Manchester City.