It's not the start to the season that Jose Mourinho or Chelsea fans would have wanted, but after spending most of the second half half playing with a man disadvantage, a draw isn't the worst result in the world, either. The Blues took the lead twice during Saturday's opener, but both times, Swansea managed to level, and the match ended at 2-2. Here are a few thoughts following the first official match of the season:
- Diego Costa just won't play at anything less than full speed, injured hamstring or not. Mourinho really needs to be considering that if the striker is dealing with injury, as his all-out style probably won't last very long if that hamstring is on the edge already.
- It might not take long for Mourinho to begin talking about a campaign, again. The Blues didn't get a very close penalty decision in the first half, and having seen the replay about 30 times now, I'm still not sure Thibaut Courtois actually fouled Gomis inside of the box when he was sent off for the denial of a goal scoring opportunity.
- It's a shame that Oscar had to come off when Courtois was sent off, as he was having an excellent game for Chelsea. More of that, please.
- For the most part, Chelsea looked pretty good after going down to ten men despite the result. That's encouraging, though hopefully the Blues don't put us through that often this season.
- It's good to have real football back, isn't it?