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