Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed that the impressive return for Diego Costa after 15 days of incredible rumours shows that the team has incredible unity and spirit.
Conte had to fend off numerous questions about Costa after he was left out of the squad against Leicester City. Even though the manager claimed that it was due to a back injury,Costa was pictured having a bust up with the fitness coach and having to train alone as a result of it. The bust up reported to be created by Costa angling for a move to China, where he had reportedly been offered £30 million per year.
As one of the top strikers in the world,Costa makes a difference in any team. This was evident in the in 2-0 win over Hull City. Chelsea were struggling to create clear-cut opportunities in the game against a relegation threatened opponent. However, the blues came up with a goal just before half-time through Costa.
This was the 15th league goal of the season for the Spaniard, who shares the top spot along with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. The blues went on to enjoy a comfortable win after a second-half goal from Gary Cahill. Conte claimed that the performance and a goal against Hull City showed that Costa was completely committed to the blues.
“It was important Diego played a good game, and I hope with this game to finish the speculation about him, about me and him, about Chelsea.We showed that we are a team with a great unity, and I think this is the real value that helps us stay top of the table.You must tell me if I did well to put Diego in the starting XI. If Diego wasn’t ready to play today or my choice was bad, the fault was mine. Not the player’s. But I think Diego played a really good game with a good attitude,” said Conte.