Terry & Costa Cut From the Same Cloth?

Not wanting to turn the blog into a Costa love-fest too early in the season but what a ridiculously good buy he’s looking to be. So far this season, we’ve had 7 goals in four games, so there’s no doubt we’ve got ourselves a striker. It’s not just the goals though, or the fact we managed to get him for little more than Everton paid us for Romelu Lukaku, no, the surprise part of the package for m is his work ethic.
Diego Costa hasn’t come to the Premier League claiming some fluffed cross going in the net “is no surprise” to him because he’s practised it anyway. Diego Costa is here to work and he’s here to work for the team, saying “I play in the fashion that I have to play. If I have to have a physical battle, then I can fight. If I have to play with quality, I can do that too.” And what quality!
Of course we all know he’s been reported as ‘a doubt’ every game with hamstring trouble and it turns out it wasn’t just wishful thinking from the press, with Mourinho confirming “Diego was a risk and a doubt before Everton, a risk and a doubt before Spain, a risk and a doubt before this Swansea game and he played all three games. He is a risk and a doubt again for next Wednesday because of an accumulation of matches, but nobody can stop him. I tried to rest him, I tried to be sure. To be 100 per cent sure, but he goes on. He is a fantastic character. If the injury is a clear injury of course he will not play, but when the doubt is there and he has not the best feelings, but he feels he can play, he goes on.”
Costa himself, on becoming only the second player to score in his first 4 Premier League games, says simply “A striker has to score and I am happy that I have a little place in history. I have to keep working to make sure I can keep this up.”
Naturally, that’s been splashed all over the back pages as Costa stating “I can’t keep this up” although that’s probably more related to his response when lazily compared with Fernando Torres. Whilst I’m sure the line of questioning bores him as much as it does the rest of us, Costa insists “It is different for every striker. Every striker has their way of playing and their strengths and a different team behind them. That is very important. If you do not have the team behind you then you can’t do things on your own. It all depends on the team. It could be because of that. I try to play in the best manner and, hopefully, things will continue like this, but there will be a moment when I cannot score, that is football.”
Of course, whilst remaining completely respectful of a fellow professional, Costa is just being realistic in acknowledging there’ll be times when he doesn’t score – I wouldn’t read into that any statement of self doubt or worse still, impending industrial action, but then I’m no journalist and we’re not the Premier League Galacticos
We’re just fortunate to have good quality players forming a team with a common goal, and players like Diego Costa have added to that ethos. As the Chelsea boss says of Costa. “It is not about the modern player, it is about the modern society. The education they get, the people they have sometimes behind them to make them be a little bit more selfish in the sense of you first and the team second. This concept of the team first and me second. The team needs me and I am ready to go for the team. I am not saying it is an old-fashioned concept, no way but in this moment when you get guys with this mentality they become special and they can be an influence to the people around them. He is a leader of himself. He knows exactly what the team needs and is ready to give to the team. It is important to be strong.”
Yet Mourinho could equally be saying those words about the Chelsea captain, and that’s the sort of mentality we will always appreciate at Chelsea.


2 Responses to “Terry & Costa Cut From the Same Cloth?”

  1. Nobody perfect except of God,but costa should ride on his performance…up blue!

  2. Of course it’s Costa he’s talking about. Terry loves Chelsea and doesn’t really put himself before chelsea.