Diego Costa led the way again as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-2 against Swansea.

John Terry was unlucky to put the ball in his own net just 11 minutes into the game and it looked like a long struggle towards another three points.

Swansea looked better in the opening quarter of the match, much due to the lack of pressing from our side, but Costa’s header on the brink of half time ensured that we could go in to the break on level terms.

Improvement after the break

Jose Mourinho tweaked the team for the second half by replacing Andre Schürrle with Ramires, which allowed Cesc Fabregas to move forward in his central position more often.

That opened up the game to our advantage and we got rewarded 11 minutes into the second half when Fabregas and Eden Hazard played a one-two and cut through Swansea’s defence like a hot knife in butter.

Fabregas then found Costa inside the six-yard box, who had a simple task to put away his second of the day and give us a much deserved lead.

Completed his hat-trick

Just a few minutes later the forward was on red alert again after a soft attempt from Ramires. Costa completed his hat-trick by cutting off the Brazilian’s shot to find the back of the net for the third time.

Mourinho praised the forward but warned about too high expectations in the future.

If the team plays well he has to score goals. Seven goals in four Premier League matches are maybe too much – we cannot expect him to have 14 goals after eight matches. It surprises me because it’s not normal – you cannot repeat it in a cyclical way.

At that point we were comfortable and Mourinho looked to prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Schalke by replacing Costa with Loic Remy.

The Frenchman followed up in Costa’s footsteps by scoring on his debut with a great finish from inside the 18-yard box.

Mourinho said:

It was the perfect debut.

Jonjo Shelvey then scored for Swansea with four minutes left on the clock to settle the final score at 4-2 in our advantage.

After the match the manager was extremely happy with the turnaround in the second half.

Overall we deserved the victory because we were much better in the second half and we could play the football we want to play.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas (Salah 81); Schürrle (Ramires h/t), Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa (Man of the Match) (Remy 71)

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