Chelsea gaffer Antonio Conte has continued his character assassination on Diego Costa, as the Italian has not included the striker in the Blues’ Champions League squad.
The omitting of Costa continues the well-documented fall out between the pair, which Chelsea fans were hopeful of resolving following the Spaniard staying in London after the transfer window shut; we wonder how Conte broke the news to Costa, perhaps a DM over Twitter?
Antonio Conte has excluded striker Diego Costa from Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group stage #SSFootball
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) September 4, 2017
The decision from the Hammer adds further clarity that Costa is completely out of Conte’s plans. However, we can’t help but feel the Italian has made a mistake and should mirror the voice Blues forward, Eden Hazard:
“I want him back but you know I don’t make the decision. But he is a top guy, a top player.” — Eden Hazard
Costa is a top striker, and the boss should drop his pride, and put the pair’s differences behind them. Chelsea are too short for the boss to continue a personal battle.
The back-up to summer signing Álvaro Morata of Michy Batshuayi is quite clearly an inadequate one. The Belgian is more concerned with increasing the following of his Twitter account, rather than playing an important role up top for Chelsea.
A poor return of just nine goals in 29 games last season, saw Conte’s trust in his number nine reach rock bottom when the Italian would pick the likes of Hazard as a centre-forward if Costa was missing through injury or suspension.
Chelsea’s failure to get another striker in the window means they will have the world-class talent that is Costa rotting somewhere – likely in Brazil – where he’s nearer a fiesta than a football pitch:
Diego Costa’nın Atleti formasıyla yaptığı party yayınında Beşiktaşlı taraftarların ibretlik yorumlarıpic.twitter.com/fOD0fPBzhi
— Sargın Tekşal (@sarginteksal) July 17, 2017
Costa obviously wants out of Chelsea, but he’s wanted out of Chelsea for some time. The Spaniard has been hinting that he’s not happy in England virtually since he landed in Blighty. However, the striker’s unhappiness has not correlated to a loss of form on the pitch.
We’re sure the quality of Costa could continue to put in such a shift for 90 minutes, despite not wanting to be in west London.