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Conte commends Chelsea spirit but remains frustrated


Costa being provoked by opponents – Conte

It was a huge goal too for Swansea after two successive defeats, and Guidolin earned credit for switching away from his 3-5-1-1 system before halftime, as well as apologizing to Welsh global Neil Taylor, who was annoyed at being taken off to facilitate the tactical change. A red card would have seen him suspended for Friday’s clash with Liverpool.

“I can tell you that Diego Costa, from the first minute to 94 minutes, he took a lot of kicks”, Conte told Sky Sports. It was not easy.

“I think that defenders know him and sometimes try to provoke him”.

“You know that Diego is a player with passion”.

“It’s very hard to talk about the game and the final result because I think Chelsea deserved to win”, said Conte.

Chelsea dominated the match and went to the break with an 18th minute opener from talisman Diego Costa.

Chelsea controlled the first half, taking the lead through Diego Costa but Swansea levelled from the penalty spot after Gylfi Sigurdsson was tripped by Thibaut Courtois.

Centre-half Cahill, after receiving a pass from John Terry, was challenged by Fer, who clearly kicked the Chelsea man not once, but twice. Yes, I think it’s normal to have a little bit (uncertainty), but this is a different game to the Leicester game.

Conte, who backed Cahill, reiterated Cahill’s assertion that the referee had made “a great mistake”, was just as infuriated his team did not capitalise on their dominance over the first hour, urging them to learn from their profligacy. I don’t want to complain about this but it is the reality.

Chelsea captain John Terry suffered an ankle injury in the closing stages which will be assessed on Monday. “But he is a warrior. And I’m not anxious”. “He’s a champion. A strong striker, a fighter, one of the best strikers in the world for me”.

“It is a pity, because we lost two goals today”.

Guidolin moved from a three-man defence to a more familiar back four and Taylor was the player sacrificed, much to his dissatisfaction.