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Costa Hat-Trick Ensures Perfect Start Continues


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Stamford Bridge hosted today an unlikely clash at the top of the Premiere league table from which Chelsea eventually emerged 4-2 winners despite an early scare.

Chelsea and Swansea came into this match as the only two remaining teams with a 100% win record in the EPL this season, and Jose Mourinho's side was handed a big boost before kick off after August player of the month, Diego Costa, was passed fit to start; a piece of news that would have a big impact on the final score.

Both sides started the match brightly, but soon the gaps in the Chelsea midfield started to show. After Routledge fluffed an early Swansea chance, a mistake in midfield put our back four on the wrong foot, and the retreating John Terry accidentally put the low cross past Thibaut Courtois and into his own net to give the Swans the lead after 10 minutes.

After a sluggish ten minutes or so after the goal, Chelsea started finding their game and tempo much better, spurred on by the unstoppable Eden Hazard. The boys kept getting closer with each chance until finally, Diego Costa managed to get on the end of a Fabregas corner and head it into the net right at the stroke of HT.

Costa's goal proved game changing as all the momentum was now Mourinho's men who started the second half on the front foot. After a series of missed chances, it was Costa again who gave Chelsea the lead in the match. A brilliant combination of one touch passes down the left flank between Hazard, Fabregas and Azpilicueta, and Costa was there to tap it in. Cesc again with the assist.

A more relaxed Chelsea side continued to create chances, and ten minutes later, Costa completed his hat-trick after showing brilliant striker instinct and movement to pounce on an under-hit Ramires shot.

The game was then perfectly set up for a debut goal for our new French striker, Loic Remy, and that is exactly what happened. Ten minutes before the final whistle, Hazard beat half of the Swansea defense by his own, Oscar provided the assist and Remy curled a shot beautifully into the bottom corner to round off the 3 points.

A few minutes later, Jonjo Shelvey took advantage of a sleeping Chelsea defense to pull one back for the Swans, but it was too late. Chelsea had already ensured that their perfect start to the season continues and cemented their place at the top of the EPL table.

Individually, Diego Costa's hat-trick made it 7 goals in 4 matches for the striker and made him the first player to score in each of his first 4 matches for Chelsea since 1928. The player of the month continues with his red hot form, while the manager of the month curse claims yet another victim in Garry Monk.

Moreover, Cesc Fabregas increases his tally to 6 assists in the opening 4 matches, more than any Chelsea player managed in the entirety of last season, save Fernando Torres (7). The new signings have already made all the difference at Chelsea.

Hopefully, we can take the momentum from this flying start into the Champions League as well. Bring on Schalke!

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