‘Costa is a real warrior, Terry continues to be a leader’, says Antonio Conte

Diego Costa and John Terry are two important parts of the current Chelsea squad, who are high-flying at the moment.


Chelsea man in form Diego Costa and The Blues icon John Terry have managed to receive praises from their man in charge Antonio Conte.

The Italian manager has been very impressed with the performance of the Chelsea’s Spanish man in front Diego Costa as he has marked him as “a warrior”, whereas The Blues’ official skipper has also drawn the attention of Conte by his leading character in the dressing room.

Costa is finding himself at the top position in the leaderboard with 12 goals and it seems that he has got his form of the first season in England back. Reportedly, the Spanish striker scored 20 goals in his first season for Chelsea to help his side winning the Premier League.

The Chelsea forward had received a few matches’ ban and booking following his anger on field earlier this season. But in this season, the Spaniard is yet to receive any booking since the fourth match of the season so far.

“It’s very good because Diego is showing the right part of him now”, Conte said when he was asked about the cool nerves of Diego Costa. “Before, it wasn’t right always to say Costa showed ‘bad passion’. But now he’s showing the right part of his character”, he added.

Conte explained every single game as a battle and hailed Costa as a real warrior who can fight it for his team. “Diego is a real warrior. He’s good for the team, because it’s important to have many warriors during the game. Every game is a battle – a sporting battle – and it’s important to have warriors in your side”, Conte remarked.

According to Conte, the Spanish striker has been improving day by day and he has been getting involved as a key in his strategy as the manager mentioned, “Diego is showing his great passion, and showing that he can put his passion in the team in the best way. It’s fantastic for him and for us, the team, the club and the fans. He’s playing very well and we’re working a lot to involve him in our play. He’s improving a lot, Diego.”

The Chelsea man in charge also praised the Chelsea leader John Terry. The veteran former English captain has failed to be a part of Conte’s first choice since the manager has switched his formation to 3-4-3. Now the 36 year old defender is sidelined considering an injury. But he has also impressed the Italian manager with his leading character inside the dressing room of The Blues.

“He’s still a footballer who is just injured at the moment, but he’s continuing to be a leader in the changing room”, Conte said.

Conte revealed Terry approached him to be with the team ahead of the clash against Manchester City last weekend. “John asked me if he could come with us to Manchester City and stay with us before and during the game. That was important for me. John is our captain and you are a captain if you play or not, or if you are injured or not”, Conte clarified.

Conte also praised the commitment of the veteran by saying, “He’s showing great commitment at the moment, and I’m pleased with this.”

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