Diego Costa starts the year giving an outspoken interview to Chelsea official website.
The Spanish striker reflects on Antonio Conte‘s fantastic impact at the Blues:
“The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the Brazilian born forward reveals.
“The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players. That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.
“He is calm with the players and you can see the people love him more all the time.”
Diego Costa admitted he was close to leave to return to Atletico Madrid:
“I was about to leave but not because of Chelsea, because here there’s a lot of love with the supporters so I’m very happy here, I’m very content.
“Here, the people love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.
Costa continues speaking about his season:
“Things are coming out well for me this season, but it’s very important that the team has other players, like Michy Batshuayi, who can do well, and that the manager knows he has good players that can replace me.”
Costa also explains why the good atmosphere is fundamental:
“If you work hard and there’s not a good atmosphere, the work doesn’t mean a thing.
“You can run 20km, 80, 100, and if there’s no spirit between the players, the coaches, as colleagues, it won’t come out as well. Work goes well if you give your best with the guy beside you.
“The team is very good, when we win the atmosphere is like this, but it’s important that during the week we train seriously, so we approach games like this.
“It’s important to keep winning games.
Speaking about the upcoming derby with Spurs, he said:
“Both teams want to win. It’s a London derby so the match is played a bit stronger, but there’s no problem with it. We go there looking to do the best we can.”