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The Diego Costa Show: Chelsea 4:2 Everton
The fourth game for the 2014/15 English premier league season saw the teams with a 100% record in the season meet face-to-face to see who tops the league at the end of the day. Chelsea, coming from the back of their victory to a well-oiled Everton side will be looking to get one on the high-flying Swans from Wales who are presently brimming with confidence after having already dispatched Manchester United in Old Trafford this season.
The Swans have enjoyed a fine start to their campaign, playing impressive possessing football and owning a reputation for being stingy in the back after having only conceded a lone goal in their first 3 matches. Chelsea, on the other hand, have cruised in all 3 of their victories sending a clear message of what their intention for the new season is.
The team from Wales were not prepared to go down without a fight on the day. They brought their game to Stamford Bridge on the afternoon, and were duly rewarded for their solid display of wit and fine passing with goal when John Terry forcibly found his own net on the 11th minute. The Swans continued to dominate possession long after the goal had been scored, thwarting every move Chelsea made to get back into the game.
The game was eventually evened out just before the half time whistle was sounded after a moment of intense pressure from the title contenders paid dividend. It was no other than Diego Costa that found the back of the net, to relieve some much need tension off the visitors, after having connected with a Cesc Fabregas cross in the box. From that point on, the game was all Chelsea.
4:2 to the visitors was the final score as Chelsea now sits 5 points clear of their closest title chasers, Manchester City, and 6 more than their fellow London rivals, Arsenal.
The Diego Costa Show
The day belonged, to a large extent, to one man - Diego Costa. The Spanish international managed to find the back of the net thrice on the afternoon, taking his impressive goal tally for his first season in the English premier league to 7 goals from 4 matches.
Diego Costa recorded his first goal for the afternoon just on the stroke of half time when he connected with a right corner cross calmly floated into the box by the Chelsea number 4, Cesc Fabregas. It took the Spaniard only 11 minutes into the 2nd forty-five to record his second as he guided a Fabregas pass straight through the middle of the Swansea goal. His efforts for the afternoon was rewarded with yet another goal, his hat-trick for the day, 11 minutes from his second, when he lashed onto a Ramires strike redirecting the shot cum pass past Lukasz Fabianski, the Swansea goalie. The Chelsea number 19 was serenaded off the pitch by the Chelsea supporters in the last 20 minutes of the match when he we replaced by the debutant, Loic Remy.
Diego Costa has now recorded a goal in every match for his new club this season and today most certainly belonged to him. He is truly living up to the billing and setting a goal-scoring standard that is going to be tough for any striker to top this season in the premier league.
Having already won the Player of the Month award for August, and with his performances so far, Diego Costa is already miles in front in the race for Player of the Season. Last season was Suarez's. This, is delicately poised to be Diego Costa's.
Costa – Fabregas Combo
Much as the accolades for the victory over Swansea is mostly being showered on Diego Costa for his overall display on the day, plenty praise should also go the way of the sensational ex-Arsenal ex-Barcelona play-maker, Cesc Fabregas. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal must be kicking themselves for not taking their former skipper back to their fold as they now have to watch the Spanish international week-in, week-in star for their biggest London rivals.
Doubly painful must be the fact that Cesc has now made it his mission this season to lay goals on a plate for this teammates. The Chelsea man had 2 assists in the Blues' win over Swansea and has now provided 6 assists in his 4 matches this campaign, which in itself is a new English premier league record.
Cesc's display so far has drawn praise from his manager, Jose Mourinho, who has expressed delight in the form of his number 4, adding that it must be a dream for Diego Costa to be playing in front of him.
And although the Brazilian-born Spanish international might be grabbing the headlines at Chelsea and in the premier league at the moment, Cesc Fabregas is indeed the one running the show from the heart of the Chelsea midfield as it stands.
The London club's victory over the swans brought great delight to its billionaire owner, Roman Abramovic, who watched and applauded admirably from the stands; and its Portuguese manager who in a post-match interview declared that his on-form striker, Diego Costa, is one of the best strikers in football.
Chelsea have now made it 2 wins on a comeback (from a losing position in a match) against teams outside the usual top 6 of the premier league. This could prove to be very crucial in their quest to win their 3rd premier league title under Jose Mourinho as the team just lost out on last season's title thanks to poor results from lowly ranked teams in the league.