Three minutes of absurdity defined Chelsea's match against Swansea City on Sunday, a far cry from the ease with which we sliced apart Burnley at home two weeks ago.
However, even though Chelsea failed to collect all three points, Antonio Conte was pleased with the team's effort in recovering from the brain fart that led to Swansea's 2-1 lead.
"It’s very difficult to talk about the game, above all the final result. Chelsea deserved to win this game. We created a lot of chances to score many goals. We were dominating the game, leading 1-0, and in only two minutes we were losing 2-1 and risked losing this game."
"I want to say after this situation we had a fantastic reaction. The players showed they didn’t want to lose and tried to win until the end. I’m pleased with this. I also want to say if we have the opportunity to kill the game, we must kill it. We must learn this."
"It is a pity because we lost two points today. Now we must look forward to prepare the next game."
Other than Chelsea’s self-inflicted wounds and the usual Diego Costa nonsense, a major talking point from this match is Andre Marriner's refereeing — so shambolic indeed that it even drew a very public, very angry, and and very frustrated outburst from the usually mild-mannered Gary Cahill.
Conte addressed the non-call of the quite obvious foul on Cahill by Fer in a bit more diplomatic manner, adopting a candid yet careful position to hopefully avoid the FA’s random swings of the fines-and-suspensions-hammer and still get his points across.
"The first goal, for sure, we must improve in some situations. For the second goal I think everyone can see the double foul on Cahill. It was a great mistake of the referee's but I also want to say this could happen for one side or the other side, I don’t want to complain about this. It’s the reality and it’s a pity."
-Antonio Conte; Source: Chelsea FC
Anger at the result, the calls, the bad luck, the missed chances, and at everything else may be understandable and cathartic, but on most days, this game would not have seen Swansea score twice and somehow manage a draw.
Chelsea are fine.