Jose Mourinho’s side twice had the lead, but paid the price for Courtois’ rash challenge on Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis as the France worldwide raced through on the counterattack. When I close my eyes and think of me in a football kit, then it is a red one playing...
It was another impressive opening-day display by Garry Monk’s Swansea, who won 2-1 at Manchester United a year ago, and added weight to Mourinho’s prediction that Chelsea will face a fight to retain their title.
United have scored more than a quarter of the goals in their entire history in the 23 seasons of the Premier League – while their next loss will bring an unwanted record of achieving their 1,500th loss in the top flight.
In a hectic spell midway through the first half, Oscar put the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute, Andre Ayew leveled in the 29th, and Chelsea’s lead was restored with an own goal by Swansea defender Federico Fernandez.