Remembering Richard Attenborough
Remembering Richard Attenborough

Diego Costa scored thrice as Chelsea continued their perfect start to the season with a win at home to Swansea.

Before the game, both teams paid tribute to Chelsea Life President Lord Attenborough, who passed away last month.

Swansea started brightly. With no less then 19 of Chelsea’s 23-man squad on international duty during the week, the Blues’ struggled to gain possession early on and Gary Monk’s well-oiled side took the lead after 11 minutes.

Wayne Routledge’s industry robbed Nemanja Matic in the middle of the pitch and fed Ki Sung-Yeung. Ki found left back Neil Taylor who swept a ball across the six-yard box only for John Terry to stab the ball into his own net.

It took Chelsea half an hour to get a grip of the game but with Cesc Fabregas slowly asserting his dominance further up the pitch, it seemed only a matter of time until Jose Mourinho’s men would be level.

And level they were just before half time when Diego Costa headed home from a Fabregas corner.

The ineffective Andre Schurrle was replaced by Ramires at half time, and to great effect as the Blues’ went ahead soon after the break.

Ramires, Hazard and Fabregas combined on the left flank to lay a path on a plate for Costa, who duly punted the ball past Fabianski.

Swansea, the only other side with a 100% record in the Premier League before Saturday afternoon’s game slowly unravelled under the sustained pressure of Chelsea, who in Costa and Fabregas have unearthed a gem of a duo.

Bafetimbi Gomis wasted a shot after being freed by the impressive Neil Taylor before Chelsea made the game safe.

Costa completed his hat trick in the 66th minute. Ramires earned the ball on the edge of the Swansea area before his shot-come-cross was turned in by the £32m man.

Diego Costa has scored seven goals in his first four Chelsea games, whilst Cesc Fabregas now has assisted six – a tally bettered only by Eden Hazard in the entirety of last campaign.

Debutant Loic Remy replaced the hat trick hero before stating his own claim for a starting spot as the fixtures amass. The Frenchmen, a late signing from QPR struck a sweet strike into the bottom right corner after being laid off by Oscar.

Salah replaced Fabregas before Jonjo Shelvey struck late for the Swans, who were comfortably beaten as Chelsea’s Premier League dominance continues.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Schurrle, Hazard, Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Willian.

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis. Subs: Tremmel, Emnes, Bony, Carroll, Tiendelli, Montero, Fernandez

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