The Evolution Of Diego Costa Under Antonio Conte

The Evolution Of Diego Costa Under Antonio Conte
Oct 25, 2016

Chelsea Featured

Despite Diego Costa’s nuisance characteristics on a football pitch, leading to some football fans having elements of hatred for him, there is no denying the sheer brilliance he can also produce. Last season, like most of the Chelsea squad, he had a lackluster campaign, however, Antonio Conte’s appointment has seemingly revitalized the adopted Spaniard.

Costa, who was born in Brazil but represents Spain on the basis that he played in the La Liga Santander for seven years, remarkably averages a goal every 101 minutes in the Barclay’s Premier League so far this season, by netting seven times in eight games. The 28-year-old has already fired home half of what he managed during the whole of last season and just over a quarter of the amount he bagged the year before during the Blue’s title-winning campaign.

Currently sitting top of the Premier League top scorers chart, the former Atletico Madrid star is once again starting to live up to his £32 million price-tag. Conte being named at the top of Chelsea’s coaching hierarchy, plus the added competition of the promising forward, Michy Batshuayi, Costa seems to have found his prolific self once again. The Stamford Bridge fan-base are, at this moment in time, being treated to a more hungry, focused and sharper Diego Costa.

The Spain international is known for his fiery self, which supporters often adore from a player wearing their club’s crest, although admittedly on a few occasions the forward has crossed the line, sometimes to Chelsea’s expense, due to suspensions. If Conte and his staff can keep a lid on Costa, not so it eliminates the passion he portrays, but to the extent that he knows when enough is enough to prevent him from missing games too often, then it is likely that he will be an integral part of any success that goes on at Roman Abramovich’s club.

The Blue’s Italian gaffer has revamped Costa’s movement, interestingly in comparison to last season, Chelsea’s number 19 has spent most of his time on the pitch more central, drifting out wide considerably less. This has led to him showing his more instinctive attacking nature, nobody ever had any doubts in regards to the Brazil-born man’s finishing ability, but this season the area’s he seems to be getting his chances are a lot more threatening. His confidence is also sky high, his overhead kick against Swansea City was certainly evidence of that, not only does it take a huge amount of skill to execute such thing, but you have to believe in yourself to try it, especially when your side is a goal down.

Perhaps Costa was a little unsettled last season, with him publically admitting his willingness to return to the Vicente Calderon Stadium, now all of the ‘will he or will he not’ dilemma is seemingly behind him and he seems to be purely focused on Chelsea. Not only himself but also his club are now thriving off it, the striker seems happier and the best of Diego Costa is coming out to grace the Premier League.

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