On July 2014 was a big headline move for Chelsea as a player who’s performance stirred Atletico Madrid to dramatic fashion Champions League final against their rivals Real Madrid despite the former losing 4-1 to the latter, the player in question is the mighty Diego Costa.
The Spain international came to join Jose Mourinho’s side for €40m with his vast goal scoring form that totally propelled Chelsea to lift the Premier League trophy in 2015 and Costa’s name was among some of the Blues players heralded across the length and breadth of London.
Diego Costa remains a key player when the Blues they take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Here we examine the Spain international’s transitional goal scoring form including his antics since touching down in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s squad in 2014/15 season was just like an already prepared cake which needs an icing after Demba Ba’s departure, Costa’s arrival proved to be the actual ingredient as a player who netted 27 goals for Atletico Madrid in the previous season before jetting to England is highly expected to be the key factor for Chelsea success.
Costa said: “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates.”
Indeed he knew the kind of league he’s come to ply his trade in and in no doubt he hit the ground running as soon as possible, scoring in his first two preseason games before introducing that transitional form into the Premier League getting two goals in two straight matches in a 3-1 and 2-0 victories against Burnley and Leicester City.
Another wonderful display was hitting first a 35 minutes goal and rounding up a last goal of 6-3 win over Everton, his peak continue by netting his first League hat-trick against Swansea City in a 4-1 victory game. Falling to third spot on the goal king chart award to Man City’s Kun Aguero who scored 26 and second placed Tottenham’s forward Harry Kane of 21 goals was not something to worry much about for Costa because the most important thing was ending the season with 20 goals which was vital for Chelsea to win the 2014/15 Premier League.
The former Atletico Madrid frontman said: “It’s always a bit more difficult in the first season for adaptation, but I have no reason to leave this place. I love it, the fans love me, and I want to stay.
“It’s really good to come in the first season to Chelsea and win two things, the Premier League and the League Cup titles. ”Next year I’ll be ready to come back and, hopefully, win a couple more trophies.”
A happy Costa was very much optimistic of continuing his splendid season to the subsequent one but his hope was heavily dealt with a blow as Costa’s goal scoring form dropped like a coin in a deep sea coupling with numerous on-and-off field negative attitude.
Highlights of Diego Costa’s Antics
It’s all started after his return from injury at the season’s start although he netted in Chelsea’s first win game away to West Bromwich Albion, his controversial attitude came up in a 2-0 win over Arsenal when he repeatedly slapped Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny chest dumping the latter onto the turf and an alleged back-kick by Gabriel Paulista which lead to a red card to the Arsenal defender and later the FA handing a three-match ban and a fine of £10,000 was given to Costa.
There was an alleged assault between Diego Costa and a steward at Britannia Stadium but no actions were taken before escaping punishment from the FA just after he returned from the ban by digging his boot into Liverpool center-half Martin Skrtel chest.
Diego Costa threw his bib at the technical bench at manager Jose Mourinho’s direction when Loftus Cheek was allowed to go into the game at the former’s expense in a goalless stalemate match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Costa was fined £20,000 and three match banned for picking two yellow cards and spitting at referee Michael Oliver’s feet direction when he was shown the first yellow card after a challenge against Barry in a an FA Cup quarter-final 2-0 defeat to Everton. A video footage also appeared after the match that he bit midfielder Gareth Barry but the two denied.
Diego Costa Bounced back to scoring form?
After all the controversies and negative attitude surrounding Diego Costa, he managed to score seven goals in eight consecutive crucial games for Chelsea under Guus Hiddink last season which help the Blues to finish the season at 10th position with 12 goals added to his name although that was the worse season the club have finished in past two decades without winning any silverware.
Chelsea have started this season well under Antonio Conte and Diego Costa being the target man masterminding final touches at important moment. He opened the season account with much needed late winning goal against West Ham United, another decisive winning goal was produced against Watford securing 2-1 wins respectively before scoring a brace to rescue a point in a 2-2 away to Swansea City.
Diego Costa is now a joint top-scorer in the Premier League with four goals from four games same as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Diego would likely be the tormentor against Liverpool on Friday night, Jurgen spoke of Diego Costa: “He is world class if other supporters love you it’s not a good sign. He is a real warrior on the pitch. He uses his body all the time that is his quality. He was nearly unstoppable against Swansea. He could have been the man-of-the-match. He is strong, no doubt”.
Regulated Diego Costa admits the disappointment of last season but hopes to put Chelsea on top this season.
“For me it didn’t go well, we didn’t honour this great club as we should. So we knew that this season, we had to start strong.
“We had to have this team spirit, this motivation to start well, not just from the first game but from the beginning of pre-season right through to the last game of the season, in order to honour the club,” he spoke prior to Friday’s game.