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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard belives the Blues must change their strategy in the next summer transfer window if they want to compete to win the Premier League.

In particular, Lampard claims, Chelsea have to follow the two Manchester’s clubs example. “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that”.  Lampard said. “There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing. It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run. There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.”

 

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Diego Costa returned to action in Atletico Madrid‘s Copa del Rey clash against Lleida last night. The Spaniard scored after 5’ as he came off the bench in the second half to put Los Colchoneros 3-0 up.

Then Costa himself suffered a minor injury while celebrating the goal, and did return to the pitch after receiving treatments on his knee.

The 29-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge in September, was unveiled last week as Atletico Madrid were under a transfer ban until 1st of January 2018.

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Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid player today.

A return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues.

The Spain international has been training with Diego Simeone and his team-mates for three months, but was forced to stay in the sidelines until today as he was signed outside of the transfer window and the Spanish giants had their transfer ban still in force until January 1.

Costa, anyway, doesn’t forget the three years in West London, where he won two Premier League titles and League Cup:

“The fans, the people and the team-mates helped me a lot. Chelsea is a great club,” the ex Blues said.

“I have a special affection for them, I only have good memories.”

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Despite falling out with him last summer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims he maintains good memories about Diego Costa, who was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid striker today, a return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues:

“It’s not right to talk about players who are not in my team and squad,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“But I thank him for his commitment and behaviour during the season.

“We won together, so I will always remember him in a positive way. We fought together and won together.”

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Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the Brazilian star played 7 games in 2014/15 campaign.

And Luis believes Chelsea made a mistake when let Diego Costa leave the Premier League champions to reunite with former club Atletico Madrid in September.

“Diego is a huge player, best player for me at Chelsea is him because he scores a lot of goals and important goals – Luis said speaking at a press conference ahead of the Champions League clash – I think he came back to Atletico because Chelsea couldn’t keep him because it’s his desire. He really wanted to come back to Atletico”. 

“He was happy here. He did his job really well. His most important desire was to come back. It is frustrating seeing him playing like an animal, but he can’t play. It’s just a month until he can play with us. He’ll help us a lot. I don’t have any doubts about it”. 

“He knows the club, he knows the way we play. He has already adapted. I know it was difficult times for him and for Chelsea. Now everybody’s happy. We want to see him play and happy again.”

 

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Chelsea star Alvaro Morata was full of praise for Diego Costa, who played at Stamford Bridge for three seasons scoring 52 goals from 89 games. The Spaniard left the Blues following a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and will join Atletico Madrid when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“People remember him there, – Morata said of Diego Costa in an interview to Spanish publication AS I speak to him quite a lot. There was a chance that we might have played together but in the end that didn’t happen.”

Morata praised also Cesar Azpilicueta, who served an handsome assist for Morata’s goal against Manchester United“Azpilicueta is amazing. We understand each other well and at Chelsea, the service we get off the full-backs works well. I’m very grateful to Cesar.”

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The Times revealed the reason why David Luiz was punished by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last weekend, when the Italian manager left the Brazilian defender out of the squad who faced Manchester United and sent him to the stands to watch the game. Luiz was also told to train alone the morning of the game.

According to the English newspaper the relationship between Conte and Luiz was ruined because of the ex PSG player close friendship with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Blues boss was also upset with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas‘ conduct following last week heavy defeat to Roma, but Luiz was the player most seriously punished.

The report suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace is concerned that his close association with the current Atletico Madrid striker played a big part in his manager’s decision, having attempted to play peacemaker between the two men earlier this year.

Conte informed Costa via sms at the end of last season that he was no longer in his plans at Chelsea, which is said to have left certain squad members, including David Luiz, unhappy.

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Diego Costa has rejoined his former side Atletico Madrid after agreeing personal terms with the La Liga giants, in a deal with Chelsea worth around £58m.

And Los Colchoneros’ manager Diego Pablo Simeone told outlet Cadena Ser: “Last year we were close. I spoke a lot with him. If he had not made the effort this summer the transfer would not have been possible.”

“Of the players of his level he is the one for us. – Simeone added – Another one of that level or better and we would not be able to afford. Of all the players I have had he is the one that has surprised me the most. He brings together all the qualities of goals, workrate, effort and leadership.”

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Diego Costa will join his former side Atletico Madrid in a move which will take effect on 1st January 2018, Chelsea have announced the deal done.

The Spaniard won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, with 120 appearances and 59 goals scored.

It is understood Costa had a troubled relationship with current manager Antonio Conte, despite the player himself has confirmed that ‘everything is cool with everyone’ ahead of his return to Atletico Madrid, a move which has been completed today.

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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in their second match of Champions League group stage.

The Blues have just sold Diego Costa to their rivals, but the Spanish striker will not play with the Colchoneros until next January, so he won’t be a problem for Antonio Conte‘s side tomorrow.

Moreover, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the London club was right when he sold Diego Costa:  “Most of the talk before the Atletico game, though, has been about a player who won’t even be allowed to take part, Diego Costa,” Lampard wrote in his Evening Standard column – “He has agreed to rejoin Atletico Madrid from Chelsea but is not eligible to play for them until January. It is likely Costa will attend the game but it won’t be a distraction to the Chelsea players. I know he is well respected by the players and was a popular member of the dressing room. If he is unveiled on the pitch or is simply there to watch, I’m sure the lads will wish him well and get on with it. Costa leaving will be a relief to Conte and Chelsea – it is the best thing for all concerned. If it was just a case of selling a talented striker, then we’d be talking about what a great loss he is to the club. But he had to go. There was no way he could stay at Chelsea, given the events of the summer and the sooner he went, the better. It’s great for Costa, too. He needs to go and train properly before starting playing again in January. He couldn’t carry on staying in Brazil like he was, it wasn’t helping anybody.”

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