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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Another team-mate praising Diego Costa, that has been Chelsea‘s best player in the last games and has already scored 12 goals in this Premier League.

Cesc Fabregas provided him assists against Man City and WBA, but the Spanish midfielder states that all the merit is Costa’s, that turns every pass into a goal:

There is something that every pass I make he turns it into something special,” Fabregas said after the game against West Brom.

“It will probably count as an assist but it was all him.”

“It was vital. We’ve been training all week on the mental aspect, especially for games like this.

“I don’t think we’ve faced enough teams like this recently, they have a very deep block and we knew it would be difficult to create chances.

“The football wasn’t the best but we knew we had to go in behind and push them lower and lower with good pressure.”

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Diego Costa's stunning winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa is on fire and Thibaut Courtois hails his long-time team-mate, since the pair shared the dressing room also in Spain, at Atletico Madrid:

I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,” the Belgian goalkeeper told the official Chelsea website.

 “This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He is really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it is nothing, so he is very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.

“The goal against West Brom came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically.”

 

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who spent several experiences with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, admitted he’s not surprised that the Blues are leaders of the Premier League after 15 games.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Chelsea are top of the Premier League – Buffon told Fox Sports - Conte is a winner, he doesn’t do second place,”

“I am sure behind the scenes he has privately been getting players into line” he added.

“They have a great chance in the league. Not only do they have one of the best coaches in Europe – but not competing in Europe they have a week between games which is going to help them a lot as the season goes on.”

The Italian goalkeeper won three Serie A titles in a row under Conte, who then became head coach of Italian National Team in 2014.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s home win over West Bromwich Albion in a tough game, which was decided by Diego Costa‘s goal in the second half.

The Belgium international goalkeeper told the club’s official website: “I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,”

“This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He’s really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it’s nothing, so he’s very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength”.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.”

Chelsea maintain the leadership following the last home victory at Stamford Bridge: “We are very happy with the points. We had to be patient with our work”.

“I spoke after the game with Nacer Chadli and he said: ‘what can we do against a Chelsea who plays so well offensively? Put a good organisation out there and defend well’. That’s what they did and it was really hard to find a gap”.

“The goal came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically. Then they put all their power up with Chadli, Robson-Kanu, Rondon who is so strong in the air, so it was a tough game for us but a very good three points”.

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is disappointed after leaving Stamford Bridge with zero points despite his team good performance: in fact, WBA was only defeated by a Diego Costa‘s stunning striker with just 15 minutes to go:

“What we needed to do – and we’ve got better players than we’ve shown today – is regain possession,” the English coach said.

“Just get that pass off to get up the pitch a little bit further to give us an opportunity and a chance to cause them more problems.”

“The lads worked really hard, Chelsea play a different formation and shape to most teams in the Premier League.

“We had a good week working on it, what we wanted to do and what we didn’t want to do.

“We were well set up, I thought, without possession. Especially first half I thought we caused them some problems on the break.”

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After the important win against West Bromwich Albion Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised second-half substitute Cesc Fabregas, who supplied the pass which led to Diego Costa’s winner

“Cesc is an important player for usWe all know his quality, it’s very clear.

“Today it was important to change the cards on the table and find a new solution to cut the point of reference for West Brom. I put on a player who is very good technically, and with a great personality.”

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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Antonio Conte praised again fantastic Diego Costa that gave Chelsea three points with his stunning winner with fifteen minutes to go:

“He’s showing great passion, he likes to play football. He’s showing me great commitment and work-rate with and without the ball to help the team. It’s important for him to continue in this way, I’m very happy with him. Diego is a great striker and he can continue to improve his football but I’m satisfied with the work we are doing with him and the team.

Conte also hailed his improved attitude on the pitch:

“January is arriving and it’s incredible because after the Arsenal defeat he had four yellow cards, he was on the edge and he continued to stay on the edge. I think he can arrive in January without a yellow card, I hope he can.”

 

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Antonio Conte analysed the important win against WBA in the Stamford Bridge press-room after the game:

“It was a very difficult game but we knew it would be, I spoke a lot in the week about the difficulty of the game because we faced a very tough team, very physical and difficult to break down.

“I’m pleased because we showed great maturity and intelligence to find the right solution. It’s another clean sheet and now it’s important to think about the next game away at Sunderland. We have only two days to prepare for the game but we must be focused, it’s an important period. Christmas is very difficult for all the teams so it’s important to win, be focused and play football with good intensity.

“I’m pleased today because this game was very difficult and I like to see my team fight in the same way as West Brom, it wasn’t easy, but they showed me great character and a great motivation to win.

“I’d prefer to score early and take the lead but we know it’s not easy in this league. We are working very well on different aspects, not only tactical, but physical, to arrive at the end and play with great intensity, to run and to put great pressure on.”

 

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Today it was not an easy win for Chelsea against West Brom but Antonio Conte is satisfied not only for the three very important points, that allow the Blues to lead the table three points cleat of Arsenal, but also because the team showed a real will to win and the usual huge character:

It’s important when you face this type of team, it’s very difficult to break down,” the Italian said to BT Sports after the game.

“Today it was difficult to find space and there were a lot of players behind the ball. I am pleased for the character and passion of my players.

Diego Costa has fantastic commitment and work rate during the game with and without the ball. He was good to score the goal. He is playing fantastic football and it’s important because he is working a lot for the team.

“I tried to change the cards, and to find a different solution. West Bromwich prepared well with great organisation. It was important to change the game and Cesc Fabregas is a good player when he came on, and I like him a lot.”

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