Diego Costa is always a hot topic of conversation, and this season has been no different. Whether it’s scoring winning goals, dominating defenders to diving, moaning or suspected fouls – Costa is never far away from discussions after Chelsea games.
This weekend’s game at Swansea was no different. Costa was a pain throughout the game for the Swansea defenders, as him and the Swansea backline spent most of the afternoon at each others throats.
The striker put Chelsea into the lead at 18 minutes, with a clinical finish from an Oscar pass after a mistake by the Swansea defence.
Swansea had got back into the game and took the lead after some sloppy defending by the Chelsea backline.
Costa then got his second goal through a controversial and sublime over-head kick, which ironically describes Diego Costa. His foot seemed to be a dangerously high when he hit the ball.
However, for the second time this season, he was lucky to be on the pitch after looking like he may have dived whilst under pressure from Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski. He had been booked earlier in the game for a silly challenge on defender Federico Fernandez, the defender who made the mistake for the first Chelsea goal.
Diego Costa is a pain and if you or your team are playing against Costa you hate him but as a player and a striker he is world class.
The 4-2-3-1 formations means Costa plays as a lone striker. I haven’t seen anyone play the role of lone striker as well as Costa does. He holds up the ball perfectly, he draws defenders into making reckless and clumpy challenges. He has the pace and confidence to find space in the pockets of the defence.
This season, he has found his shooting boots and is currently the joint top-scorer in the league with 4 goals in 4 games. He has the ability to change the complexion of a game on his own as we saw against Swansea and West Ham on the opening weekend.
Diego Costa will always be a character, however every show needs a big character and the Premier League is the greatest footballing stage of all.
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