Conte: Costa must learn to play the right way

Date published: Sunday 11th September 2016 9:52

Antonio Conte has urged Diego Costa to channel his passion in a way that benefits Chelsea.

Fiery Spain striker Costa has scored twice in three Premier League appearances this season but has also been booked on two occasions, while last term he received 11 yellow cards and was sent off.

Chelsea travel to Swansea on Sunday seeking to continue their perfect start to the campaign with Costa set to spearhead the attack, but Conte insists he must do so while treading a careful line.

“Diego is a passionate man. For this reason he sometimes risks a yellow card,” Conte said.

“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.”

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