Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that striker Diego Costa is a good guy, despite his disciplinary record.
Costa has gotten the reputation of being one of the dirtiest players in the Premier League. The Brazilian-born Spanish international doesn’t pick up a bunch of red cards, but he’s been suspended after the fact on several occasions after altercations on the pitch and has seen the yellow card flashed at him a lot. He’s already picked up two yellow cards in three games this season, and Conte says it’s because of the passion Costa has for the game.
“Diego is a passionate man. For this reason, he sometimes risks a yellow card,” Conte said ahead of Chelsea clash with Swansea on Sunday.
“But I want him to improve in this aspect. I want to have Diego Costa in all the games. Diego knows the situation.
“I want him to play with the right passion and the right aggression. He must transfer his emotions on to the pitch in the right way. Always.
“I think that Diego is a good guy. He’s a player who is very important for the team. I tell him: ‘Transfer your passion and enthusiasm in the right way, and it’s good for me’.
“I like it when a player shows his passion for this sport. It’s fantastic. We do this work but, for us, it’s not work it’s a passion.
“It’s important to transfer this to our fans and all the people who watch the game. For us, this is not work.”