John Terry was sent off in the second half as Chelsea held on for a narrow 3-2 win over West Brom. Cesar Azpilicueta re-established a two-goal lead when Costa’s chest teed him up for a one-touch finish.
Morrison atoned for the penalty miss by scoring after Rondon acrobatically kept the ball alive following a James McClean cross.
Albion started brightly and Craig Dawson’s cross from the right caused confusion in the Chelsea goalmouth early on, with Courtois in the visitors’ goal palming it away from the waiting Rondon and Morrison.
Courtois came to his side’s rescue, however, as he saved with his trailing leg as he dived to stop Morrison’s drilled, low effort from the spot.
“Pedro is a good player“.
He didn’t see out the 3-0 humbling by Manchester City last week – being subbed at half-time for the first time ever under Jose Mourinho.
Raheem Sterling – signed for 49 million pounds ($76 million) – has added an extra dimension to City’s attack and is providing a different problem for opposition defenses, which is allowing others like David Silva and Yaya Toure to shine. Chelsea were temporarily cruising on easy street, but Chelsea wouldn’t be Chelsea if they didn’t shoot themselves in the foot.
Costa picked up possession in a risky position for Chelsea moments later but dragged his shot wide.
West Brom’s Jonas Olsson refused to write off John Terry and believes the Chelsea skipper’s qualities are timeless.
Mourinho reserved particular praise for inspirational new signing Pedro, who starred after joining in a £21.4million deal earlier in the week.
The Sweden global said: “My take on that, is in football you are only as good as your last game but he had an absolutely unbelievable year last year, and I think he will have a few more at this level too, for sure”.
With eight goals scored and none conceded, it is an ominous start by a team looking for a third title in five seasons.
“New players are always welcome, so obviously I’m happy that they have come to us”.
Victory saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side complete a sequence of nine league wins for the first time since September 1912 and left them as the only side in the top flight with three wins to their name.
Only once before in Premier League history have three Spanish players scored for the same team in the same game (Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel for Swansea against QPR in February 2013).
“I want to learn, I’m still young, I want to be one of the very best and I learn from the best”.