Date: 11th September 2016 at 10:07pm
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Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin was happy to get a point at Chelsea as they came back from a goal down to lead 2-1, before Diego Costa rescued a point for the Blues.

It was a rather strange game that didn’t lack incidents. Guidolin’s 5-3-1-1 system proved too defensive and lacking an attacking outlet, as it looked like he simply wanted to frustrate the visitors and keep the scores unchanged at half time. Barrow and Montero could then be used off the bench in the second half.

That didn’t quite go to plan, Costa scored with a good finish after quarter of an hour or so when the Swans allowed him to fire home inside the box.

But the game turned on its head in the second half after Guidolin replaced Taylor with Barrow to give his side some much needed pace. Sigurdsson and Fer got us in front, but a Chelsea equaliser was inevitable with another half hour to play.

Guidolin had to be happy with a point despite his team leading during the second half:

“This game was very difficult for us because Chelsea are a very strong team,”

“We won against them three or four months ago, but now Chelsea are another team.

“We are happy because we changed something when my team needed a reaction.

“Probably because of the change of shape, we played in the second half with more aggression, energy and intensity, and in the end we are happy with the result.

“This result is important for us. Chelsea did not deserve to lose, but we deserved something because we fought in the second half and played with more intensity.

“We have to improve, this is sure, but this point is important for us.
“Now we can work in the week to get better with enthusiasm and optimism.”

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