Conte praises Chelsea’s effort to close match vs. Swansea

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The result required more effort than Chelsea likely wanted, but Antonio Conte came out of Sunday’s press conference enthused by the team’s play on the road.

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After giving away two second-half goals in a span of three minutes, the Blues battled back to earn a point following Diego Costa‘s second goal of the match.

Costa had opened the scoring for Chelsea in the first half after finishing off Oscar‘s pass inside the Swansea penalty area.

Chelsea, who remains unbeaten with Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Swansea, were the deserved winners though, according to Conte.

“I think Chelsea deserved to win this game. We created a lot of chances and we were dominating the game when we were leading,” Conte said. “It is a pity, because we lost two goals today. Now we must look forward and prepare for the next game [against Liverpool on Friday]. For their second goal, I think anyone can see the foul on Cahill. I think there’s a great mistake by the referee, but these can happen.

“The players showed they didn’t want to lose, they tried to win until the end. But if you can kill the game, you must kill the game.”

The Blues fell victim to the equalizer in the 59th minute, after Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a penalty kick. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was shown a yellow card for taking down the Icelandic midfielder just before the hour mark following a poor back pass.

Soon after, Leroy Fer netted his third goal of the Premier League season after capitalizing on a Gary Cahill mistake in the back. The English defender held the ball too long before being dispossessed inside of the Chelsea half of the field, despite there being a question of a foul committed by Fer.