Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted the referee made mistakes, but put the blame squarely on his squad after a 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
“It’s very difficult to talk about the game because I think today we lost two points,” Conte said directly after the match. “We were dominating the game, and we are leading one minute and creating lots of chances to score the second goal, but it’s incredible, in only two minutes the match has changed. We weren’t very good to draw.”
Chelsea was in control of the match and in the lead behind Diego Costa‘s first-half goal, but soon after halftime Swansea scored a pair of goals in just three minutes to take the lead. First it was Gylfi Sigurdsson from the penalty spot after a foul by Thibaut Courtois, and then Leroy Fer picked Gary Cahill‘s pocket and scored the second in controversial fashion.
“When you have the possibility to kill the game, you must kill the game,” Conte said sternly. Then, with a chuckle, he remarked, “But this is the English league, and we know that today we lost two points.”
Later, in his postmatch press conference, Conte admitted he believed the second goal should have been pulled back for a foul by Leroy Fer on Gary Cahill. However, he made it very clear he did not want to give that as a reason why his team failed to win.
Despite the result, Chelsea remains unbeaten in four Premier League games and will take on Liverpool on Friday at Stanford Bridge.