As match announcer Jon Champion said on Sunday about Diego Costa, “love him or hate him, you simply can’t ignore him”. Club and international teammate César Azpilicueta certainly falls into the former category.
"His work is reflected in the game. He's scoring a lot of goals for us and it's very important because he can score goals, he works hard for us, he makes a lot of movement and obviously he is a big part of our team and we are happy that he is scoring goals."
While many in the media have once again concentrated on his “controversies”, Costa had one of his better games in a Chelsea shirt on Sunday, just as he’s had a couple times previously against Swansea City.
Unfortunately, Chelsea were denied all three points by a combination of self-inflicted wounds, missed chances, and a few questionable refereeing decisions. While we could probably overcome one or two of those factors, when all three are working against the team, a draw is perhaps not the worst result.
"It's a huge disappointment because I think we had control of the game most of the time and their two goals came from our mistakes, so obviously it's disappointing. We were coming here to get the three points and to get out with just one with the game we did is disappointing."
"The first one is a free kick for us and they counter-attack which cannot happen, and [the second goal] I think the free kick was clear, but the referee made that decision and we have to move forward."
"I think the reaction of the team was very good and we tried to come back, and at 2-2 we had the chances to get the third goal and the spirit of the team was very good."
-César Azpilicueta; source: Sky Sports via ESPN FC
While it’s results and points that matter at the end of the day, it’s important not to completely overlook the underlying process, which was good, just as it has been for most of the early season so far. The “deserved” result (insofar as any result other than the actual result can be deserved) didn’t arrive in this one, but the confidence should be there to tackle the upcoming and increasingly difficult fixture list the rest of this month.