Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side deserved more after having to settle for a 2-2 draw against Swansea City on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium.
Chelsea took the lead through Diego Costa in the 18th minute. Swansea got a break right before the hour mark, as they were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brought down Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the penalty area. Sigurdsson scored from the spot, and three minutes later the Swans took the lead after Leroy Fer stole the ball from Gary Cahill and got a one-on-one with Courtois.
Costa managed to salvage a point for the visitors with a bicycle kick from close range in the 81st minute. But Conte felt that Chelsea deserved more.
“It’s very difficult to talk about the game, above all the final result,” Conte told the club’s official website after the game.
“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.”
Conte also praised Costa for his ability to stay calm even though he was marked hard by the Swansea defenders.
“After every game, the press ask me about Diego Costa and his behavior,” Conte said. “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 behavior. 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.”