Swansea City left to rue sloppy second-half display, says Angel Rangel
13th September 2014
Angel Rangel felt defeat at Chelsea was a "slap in the face" for the Swans as their perfect league start came to an end at Stamford Bridge.
Garry Monk's side had taken a 12th-minute lead when John Terry deflected Neil Taylor's cross into his own net.
But the Blues levelled just before the break via Diego Costa, and the Spanish striker went on to bag a hat-trick as the hosts upped their performance in the second half.
Another from debutant Loic Remy made it 4-1 before Jonjo Shelvey's late consolation cut the deficit.
The Swans had been on top for the majority of the first half, with Wayne Routledge and Bafe Gomis going close to adding to the lead.
But Jose Mourinho's side upped the pressure and Costa's header just before half-time sent them on their way with the Swans failing to find the spark that had given them the early initiative.
It meant Chelsea maintained their perfect record of four wins from four in the top flight while the Swans were dealt their first defeat.
And Rangel conceded the manner of the defeat was a learning curve for the whole team.
"We were great for the first 25 minutes. We were very bright and started on the front foot," said the Spanish right-back "We created many chances, and that is the way we intend to start games.
"We were very good in possession and comfortable in the first half but in the second half we were far too sloppy. That's what created problems for us in what was a very bad second half.
"We played against one of the top teams in Britain or Europe, but the world. To maintain this level for 90 minutes is difficult.
"The goal before half-time killed our momentum while in the second half we were sloppy and they took their chances. It was like a slap in the face.
"It was disappointing to lose, but we will take it as a learning curve. We know if we are to improve we have to maintain the level of performance for 90 minutes.
"We had won three out of three and the performance today needed to be better over a longer period.
"We have to improve on certain areas and that's what we will be working hard on in time for next week's game against Southampton
Rangel also praised the Jack Army for their fantastic support at Stamford Bridge.
The club sold out its allocation with 2,200 supporters making the trip to London, and the defender was keen to thank them for their efforts.
"The fans were fantastic for us," he added. "Every game they make so much noise and support, and we were disappointed we couldn't give them three points."