Chelsea 4-2 Swansea (Premier League) – 13th September 2014

A hat-trick from Diego Costa helped Chelsea maintain their 100% start to the season after coming from behind to beat Swansea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues trailed for much of the first half after a John Terry own goal, but Costa got the Blues back on level terms.

Costa scored his second in the second half to put Chelsea ahead for the first time, then he grabbed the third to complete his first Chelsea hat-trick. Loic Remy then came on for the three-goal hero to make his debut, and he grabbed Chelsea’s fourth to wrap up the win. Jonjo Shelvey pulled a goal back for the visitors late on.

Swansea came in to the game level on points with Chelsea in the table, having also won their first three Premier League games. Blues frontman Diego Costa was passed fit despite having to pull out of the Spain squad with in injury last week. The Swans had opened the scoring in every game they’ve played this season, and this one was no different. Ki Sueng-Yeung somehow shrugged Nemanja Matic off the ball before giving it to Neil Taylor, and the left back’s cross was turned in by John Terry.

Chelsea struggled after that goal, and Swansea went hunting for another. The Blues backline looked to be sleeping on a few occasions, and they were lucky that Swansea didn’t go 2-0 up. Chelsea composed themselves later in the half, and played some good passing moves around the Swans defence. The goal, however, came from a Fabregas corner, which was turned in by Costa.

The home side started the second half well as they went in search of a second goal. Once again the combination of Costa and Fabregas delivered for Chelsea, with the latter cutting the ball back to Costa who put the Blues in front. Ten minutes later Costa doubled the lead, anticipating well before hammering home after Ramires scuffed a shot towards goal.

Costa then came off to a standing ovation from the Chelsea faithful, with Remy coming on. After just nine minutes in a Chelsea shirt, the French forward grabbed his first goal for the club to put the result beyond doubt. Swansea got a second when Shelvey struck from the edge of the area, but it was little more than a consolation.

After the game Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Costa, and even said that the Spaniard might be plying too well! “Seven goals in four Premier League matches is maybe too much,” he said. “We cannot expect that after eight matches he has 14 goals. I think it’s asking too much.

“But the way he is playing, if he keeps scoring a few goals, a few goals give points, and points help the team to be in the top part of the table. Seven goals in four matches has surprised me because it is something that is not normal.”

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