Costa:”I can keep control of myself”

Costa:”I can keep control of myself”

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Blues hitman Diego Costa revealed that he’s now able to keep calm, ever since he made the switch to Stamford bridge.

Costa has been in sensational form for the Blues so far this campaign, helping himself to 19 goals in 23 appearances.

The former Athletico Madrid striker as a hot head reputation, having seen red four times during his time in Spain.

Though he has yet to pick up a red card so far this season with the Blues, Costa has been involved in few controversies, picking up 7 yellow cards along the way.

However, the Spanish international is adamant he can keep control of himself since arriving in England.

He told reporters:”The Premier League is a hard league, with great teams. The smaller teams can beat you. The league is physical, too.

“I always get hit but I don’t complain. They tackle strong but on top of it, they don’t call the foul while in Spain they did.

“Some defenders try to bring you out of games but more and more, I control myself more and try to play my game.”

Costa has been ruled out of Spain upcoming fixtures against Ukraine and Holland because of injury, leading to critics questioning his desire and commitment to the national team.

He added:”Sometimes it angers me that they put in doubt my commitment,” he said. “I already proved that I’m enthusiastic and that I want to achieve success with the national team.

“The best way to silence the critics is to play and to do things well.

“But I haven’t done that yet and hence, I have to listen and swallow criticism.

“It is one thing is to criticise my performance, which is fair, but another to criticise my commitment.”

Costa 26, has only scored one goal in 7 appearances for Spain since choosing to play for la roja ahead of Brazil.

He said:”My history with the national team is that it still hasn’t really started,” the 26-year-old said. “I haven’t done anything yet.

“The national team is something I think of. I’ve gone through a lot to be in the national team and I hope good times will come.”