Another 100% record in the Premier League fell this afternoon as Chelsea came away from the Liberty Stadium with a 2-2 draw at Swansea.
Chelsea looked to have full control of the tie after a first-half goal from Diego Costa gave the away side a 1-0 lead going into the break.
However, their defence had something of a meltdown in the second half. Thibaut Courtois fouled Gylfi Sigurdsson in the box as Swansea caught Chelsea on the break – the Icelandic international duly converted the resulting penalty. Swansea’s second was a bit more controversial as Leroy Fer looked like he might have fouled Gary Cahill in the build-up.
Costa’s equaliser, an acrobatic overhead kick, ensured that Chelsea came away with something for their efforts.
It was a confusing game for Chelsea – after a dominant overall display, they very nearly left without even a point.
Swansea City Ratings:
Lukasz Fabianksi – 7: Not at fault for either of Chelsea’s goals, made a good stop from Willian in the second half.
Federico Fernández – 5: Could be blamed for Chelsea’s opener and found it difficult to deal with Diego Costa.
Jordi Amat – 6: Coped slightly better than Fernández against Diego Costa, and was relatively composed for the late away onslaught.
Stephen Kingsley – 6: Surprisingly kept on when Guidolin switched to 4-4-2 just before half time – not that he was playing poorly, but would have expected Taylor to stay on. Played well in that left-back position, however.
Kyle Naughton – 6: Playing against a resurgent Eden Hazard was never going to be easy, though Naughton didn’t embarrass himself. Couldn’t keep Hazard completely quiet but wasn’t walked over either.
Neil Taylor – 4.5: The victim in Guidolin’s tactical shake-up. Taylor started as a left wing-back today but couldn’t get into the game from that position. Substituted before half time.
Leroy Fer – 8: Booked early on, but didn’t let that effect him. Fer has been fantastic for Swansea so far this season and continued that run of form today. Took his goal a little awkwardly but finishing is not his game.
Jack Cork – 5: Looked completely lost at times against a strong Chelsea midfield. Lucky to last the 90 minutes.
Ki Sung-Yeung – 6: An energetic performance. Not especially effective, but Ki was handy on the counter-attack at times.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7: Swansea’s best player in the first half. N’Golo Kanté dealt with him better in the second half but still Sigurdsson managed to break away in the build-up to the penalty.
Fernando Llorente – 4: Anonymous and isolated up front – not necessarily his fault as he had no service. Probably won’t keep his place when Borja Baston is fit.
Modou Barrow (Taylor 41) – 7: Brilliant ball for Sigurdsson to win the penalty. Was brought on for the counter-attack and in that respect he did his job perfectly.
Ángel Rangel (Sigurdsson 89) – N/A: Not enough time to make an impact
Chelsea Player Ratings:
Thibaut Courtois – 5: Didn’t have much to do for so long, and then he got caught out badly to give away a penalty. Under the old rules he probably would have been sent off.
Branislav Ivanovic – 6: Ivanovic had a quiet afternoon, though was dependable when needed. Could, however, still lose his place when Marcos Alonso comes in.
John Terry – 6: Dealt with what he could, wasn’t at fault for the second goal but was part of the high line for the first.
Gary Cahill – 5: Can claim he was fouled by Fer for the second goal, but he was still caught out horribly. Should be very worried about Kurt Zouma and David Luiz coming into the team.
César Azpilicueta – 7: Solid performance from the Spanish international. Likely to be moved to the right to accommodate Marcos Alonso but is still a reliable option on the left flank if needed.
N’Golo Kanté – 8: Signing of the summer gives signing of the summer performance. Kanté has slotted into this Chelsea team wonderfully and was everywhere today.
Nemanja Matic – 7: This was the strong, commanding presence of 2014/15. Makes last season’s performances look even more suspicious.
Willian – 6: Started well, finished poorly. That goes for both his end product and overall performance.
Oscar – 7: Decent. Didn’t quite make the most of his start today but definitely did enough to keep his place ahead of Cesc Fabregas or Pedro.
Eden Hazard – 6.5: He’s been better this season, but he was so much worse last year. Hazard was good going forward but didn’t do an awful lot once he reached his destination.
Diego Costa – 9: Somehow manages to make almost every Chelsea game all about him, and not always for the right reasons. Two extremely well-taken goals, a general nuisance to the Swansea defence and even had time for his customary yellow card.
Cesc Fabregas (Matic 76) – 5: Played higher up than Matic had been doing, but didn’t really have enough time on the pitch to have much of an influence on play.
Victor Moses (Willian 77) – 5: Like Fabregas, came on too late to have an impact. Offered nothing more than Willian had been doing from that same flank.
Michy Batshuayi (Oscar 89) – N/A: Not enough time to make any kind of impact