A perfect start -- Oscar's 17th league goal for Chelsea in his career; a fantastic omen, considering Chelsea are unbeaten in all those Premier League games in which he's scored -- was followed by a rather open and high-paced opening 15 minutes. Swansea seemed to have more of the ball, but outside of a Sigurdsson shot, Chelsea carried all the threat. And once we got our passing and pressing game going, the Swans were truly in trouble.
Twice passes to Eden Hazard breaking behind the line were cut out at the last second. Willian blasted high from 15 yards when a bit of accuracy could've been more useful. A two-minute spell of pure Chelsea possession (50 passes may be a conservative estimate) resulted in Oscar dragging a shot wide. Hazard was denied by a great save after a Swans turnover. And then, Diego Costa happened and it was 2-0. Fabregas-Willian-Oscar-Fabregas-Costa. Ping ping ping. GOAL. Costa's 16th goal, Fabregas's 15th assist. Diego almost got a 17th seconds later. Even Jonathan Moss's hilarious overrule of the linesman's (correct) non-offside decision or a shaky Gary Cahill moment couldn't dent our spirits. Willian almost made it 3-0 at the half hour mark; the post may still be rattling.
We didn't relent, we probably even upped our pressure. Another forced turnover and Diego Costa did get his 17th, beating Fabianski on his near post. A minute later, Oscar got his brace as well after Willian won the ball in midfield and started the counter. And then Willian was denied by the woodwork for the second time just a few minutes before the end of the half. Even Matic tried to get it on the act though his shot wasn't the best.
So, an excellent 45 minutes all-in-all, arguably our best season. UP THE BLUES!
(By the way, what's bothering Jose Mourinho? Any theories?)