Conte takes aim at Swans tactics

Antonio Conte praised Diego Costa’s ‘patience’ after accusing the Swansea players of trying to kick him throughout the game.

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Costa scored twice as Chelsea preserved their unbeaten Premier League record in an exciting 2-2 draw, the Spanish striker equalising nine minutes from time after Swansea had overturned his first-half effort.

It was another eventful afternoon for the controversial Costa as he was booked in the first half for fouling Leroy Fer and later escaped a second yellow after appearing to dive to try and win a free-kick.

“I am surprised they did not have a player sent off,” Conte said after Andre Marriner had booked three Swansea players. “I do not want to reply about this, but after the game I am asked about it.

“I was asked about the patience of Diego Costa and I can tell you he behaved fantastically well to control the situation because he took a lot of kicks from the first minute until the end.

“It is difficult, but he showed me and his team-mates that he has fantastic behaviour and it was not easy for him. I think he gets targeted by defenders. They know him and sometimes they try to provoke him.

“It is a normal situation. Diego is a player with good patience and they try to provoke him, but this is football. I think the referee must see these things to allow Diego Costa to play his football.”

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