Chelsea 4-2 Swansea: More goals conceded and it's not all about Costa!
Diego Costa has taken all the plaudits for his first Chelsea hat-trick this past weekend and deservedly so. However for me, there were tw...
Diego Costa has taken all the plaudits for his first Chelsea hat-trick this past weekend and deservedly so. However for me, there were two others that deserved the credit and the fact we are conceding goals is a concern.
Costa is different class up front and has really made a difference to last season. His movement, his work rate and his natural finishers instinct is perfect for our team and the way we play. For so long we have been looking for someone to come in and put that finishing touch on our game, we have it now and his start has been so, so impressive.
However, in my eyes Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were superb and both were the catalyst for Chelsea winning the game.
Not much is really said about Matic with others making headlines on a regular basis but his contribution to games in midfield is immense. The work he gets through, winning the ball back, making himself available for a pass, closing people down and his use of the ball is first rate. On Saturday he was everywhere in midfield and dominated that area of the pitch.
Eden Hazard was another and arguably, one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt in my view. Always dangerous, always probing and willing to run at his defenders, Swansea could not live with him.
Because he has a low centre of gravity in addition to his pace, balance and agility, Hazard is a defenders nightmare because you would be too afraid of diving into a tackle because he would just knock it passed you. If you do, more often than not, you are going to give away free kicks so many defenders these days just stand off him. You only have to look again at our fourth goal to see exactly that. Hazard is world class!
Jose Mourinho cannot be happy with our defending at times and the goals we are conceding. OK, we have scored ten goals in two games but at the same time, that's five we have conceded now against Everton and Swansea.
The biggest worry I have is the fact that at times, we leave ourselves wide open. Look at Everton's goal from Naismith, look at Jonjo Shelvey's goal on Saturday and the chance Gomis had one on one with Courtois which he didn't take, you can see that we were were all over the place and that's something that concerns me ahead of Man City this weekend.
We had a similar problem at the beginning of last season and we simply have to work on the problem sooner rather than later. It's all well and good winning these games 6-3 and 4-2 but the Boss prides himself on a solid defence with a good defensive record to build our foundations.
I have to give credit to Swansea though because of the way they played for the opening forty minutes or so. To be fair, Chelsea couldn't get near them and were chasing shadows. Their movement and use of the ball was first rate and if anything, they could have scored three goals in that first half, not just the one!
After Swansea's impressive start, Chelsea managed to claw their way back into the game and most importantly, to get a foothold and dominate. The Costa goal just on half time was key and the fact we went into the break on level terms really set up the second half.
The boss must have had some choice words to say because Chelsea came out for the second half and looked like a different team. It was Swansea's turn to retreat into their own half and defend and Chelsea took full advantage.
The move between Fabregas and Hazard which led to the Costa second goal was brilliant with Hazard playing a sublime reverse pass to Fabregas and he picked out the big man to make it 2-1. Costa's third goal was as much down to his movement and anticipation of the ball than anything else. Ramires pretty much scuffs his shot, but Costa reads it and fires home from close range with Swansea's defence all standing still.
Our fourth goal was well taken by Loic Remy on his debut and it's pleasing to see. He came on for Costa with twenty minutes to go and made a good impression. His movement was good and he was looking to get involved in possession as much as possible. His finish into the bottom corner was pure instinct and he gives us another option up top.
So Chelsea sit top of the league with an 100% record with Diego Costa scoring SEVEN goals in just four games. There ARE plenty of positives to our football at the moment and long may it continue but, as I said, something needs to be done about our defending and the goals we are conceding.