Former Manchester United and Southampton defender Danny Higginbotham, speaking about next Chelsea game against Arsenal, told The Sun that “Diego Costa wants and needs to live on the edge”.
“It’s how he gets the best out of himself – Higginbotham claimed – You’d want the Chelsea star in your team, 100 per cent.”
“But when you play against him one of two things happen — he either winds up the opposition centre-back or winds himself up. If Costa can’t wind you up, he turns it on himself. His mind goes off the game.”
“So the first thing I’d say to Arsenal defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny is whenever you are up against Costa don’t let him touch you — don’t let him feel you.”
The Spaniard scored in the 0-1 away win against Arsenal last season and is expected to feature in the Blues’ starting XI at the Emirates on Saturday.