Costa: “I’ve been working on what I needed to work on”

Costa: “I’ve been working on what I needed to work on”

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Diego Costa says he has recovered from his early season form and is ready to inspire Chelsea to a run of form that could see them turn their campaign around.

The Spain striker is expected to start against Aston Villa after completing his three game ban for violent conduct in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal. He has only scored two goals this season and admitted that much of his bad form was the result of him starting the season overweight.

He subsequently lost his place in Vincente Del Bosque’s Spain team and stayed at Cobham during the recent international fixtures where he worked on his fitness.

Costa, who joined from Atletico Madrin in the summer of 2014, claimed the individual sessions at Chelsea’s training ground have benefited him greatly. Speaking to Chelsea TV, he said this:

“It’s been really important for me. I have been able to train with my own specific schedule to help me get better and better.

“The sessions have been good and I have been able to benefit from being here. I’ve been working on what I needed to work on and I am happy about that.

Despite receiving a ban and general condemnation for his role in getting Laurent Koscielny sent off earlier this season, Costa remains very popular among Chelsea fans. He expressed his gratitude for their support:

“It’s always important to spend some time with the fans when you can. It’s a way of saying thank you to them for supporting us in a way we can’t do on the pitch.

“You never quite get used to it but it’s great because it makes you realise that you’re popular at a club that supports you, that people trust you. That’s all really important to me. Hopefully, we can start on a good winning run for them all.”