In a recent interview with Evening Standard, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has hailed his current boss Antonio Conte however, took a little jibe at Former boss Jose Mourinho.
The Spanish international joined the Blues in a whopping £32 million deal in 2014 under Jose Mourinho. Costa scored an impressive 20 goals in his first season in England and helped Chelsea to win their first league title under Jose Mourinho after his return to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid. However, things went out of the hand between the two when last season Chelsea faced a dismantled struggle in the League which saw them at one time 16th in the league title. Mourinho was sacked because of the internal turmoil with the players in December before Guus Hiddink took over as interim chief, with Conte eventually appointed in July 2016. And since his arrival the Italian has turned around the wheel of Chelsea which led them now currently at the top with five points lead with one more game to play.
Speaking about the situation the Spanish striker hails the Italian and says the player-manager relationship is the key of such massive success.
“I think it’s really important for managers to be liked by his players because ultimately on the pitch, those players will give everything for their manager,” the Chelsea striker quoted.
“We have had a change of manager, he is working us hard, but people like him, which is important for everyone connected to the club because it creates a good atmosphere. Sometimes you have managers that have to be the boss, but this manager is a bit friendlier and there is closeness there.
It is really important to have that at your workplace for you to come in and feel happy. You need a good atmosphere and a bit of fun,” he added.
Diego costa is currently high-flying in the Premier League with 14 goals in his name and being the top scorer in the league. They will face a strong Tottenham Hotspur side in the London Derby this week, and a win at the White Hart Lane could cement their probability of league Champions more and an all-time Premier League record of Consecutive 14 wins in a trot.