Diego Costa is a victim, claims Chelsea manager
Antonio Conte claims that opposition defenders are targeting Diego Costa this season
September 12th, 2016
It’s been a great start to the season for Diego Costa who is doing most of his talking on the pitch after bagging four goals in as many games for Chelsea.
The forward scored a brace at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday although that wasn’t enough to secure victory for the Blues, with Swansea coming from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead before the visitors pinched an equaliser.
Antonio Conte is delighted with the impact that Costa is having, although claimed that he is being targeted by opposition players after three Swans players were booked for challenges on his player.
“The defenders know him and, sometimes, try to provoke him,” Conte said. “I was a footballer and this situation is normal. They know Diego is a player with passion and they tried to provoke him. The referee must see and allow Diego Costa to play his football.
“If you ask me if the defenders deserved a second yellow card [for fouls on the forward], I don’t want to reply on this. I want to say, only, that after every game the press ask me about the passion of Diego Costa. Today I can say Diego Costa showed fantastic behaviour to control the situation.
“He took a lot of kicks from the first minute until the end of the game. Today I’m pleased because he showed me, he showed his team-mates, he showed everyone that he has fantastic behaviour. Fantastic behaviour. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy. It’s incredible the defender didn’t finish [get sent off] before the end of the match.”