Conte encourage Costa commitment

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has no concern over Diego Costa’s type following the striker’s dwindling objective return over latest weeks.

Costa has scored 18 targets in all competitions for the Premier League leaders this season however took his run and not using a discovering the web for Chelsea to 4 matches throughout Wednesday’s essential 2-1 win over Manchester Metropolis at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain worldwide has three in 10 Premier League outings for the reason that flip of the yr, when he and Conte have been reported to have exchanged cross phrases amid Costa being linked with a mega-money swap to Chinese language Tremendous League membership Tianjin Quanjian.

That contrasts with 14 in 18 top-flight encounters as much as and together with the Four-2 win over Stoke Metropolis on New Yr’s Eve, however Conte feels such runs are half and parcel of being a prime degree striker moderately than symptomatic of a deeper malaise.

“I’m not concerned, it can happen,” the previous Italy head coach stated forward of Saturday’s journey to Bournemouth.

“For me a very powerful factor is he’s exhibiting nice commitment and behavior through the video games and is doing what I would like.
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“He was additionally unfortunate in a whole lot of circumstances. However a participant like Diego Costa can rating in any recreation.

“His character. His character. That is crucial for us and the staff. Additionally, Diego gained prior to now and he has good expertise.

“Objectives are essential for all forwards however he’s essential for us whether or not he’s scoring or not.