When fully fit, Diego Costa is frighteningly good. The Chelsea striker missed their recent 4-0 success away at Aston Villa through suspension but will be chomping at the bit to get back in the starting line-up upon his return to the side.
Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Costa’s confidence has returned and the Blues are benefiting from his resurgence. In fact, Chelsea are now unbeaten in 15 Premier League games and look well placed to challenge for Premier League glory next season, especially if Antonio Conte is confirmed as the next manager.
Described by some as the ‘Italian Mourinho’, Conte would bring that winning mentality and attitude back to Stamford Bridge. The Italy head coach has been there and done it all and his experience and nous should give Chelsea the edge in the title race next season.
However, one of his main tasks will be keeping Diego Costa happy. If the Blues striker is happy and firing on all cylinders, Conte’s job will be a lot easier. Costa’s hot-head personality won’t change completely but if Conte help him to channel his frustrations, the Spain international could continue to improve.
And the Chelsea star will attempt to maintain his form and confidence when he meets up with the national team for this summer’s European Championship in France. In 2014, Spain were incredibly disappointing at the World Cup in Brazil as they crashed out of the competition in the group stages.
But it could be very different for Vicente del Bosque’s men this year – especially if Costa is at his very best. Spain are priced at 5/1 to win the competition in Bet365’s international football betting markets and the likes of Costa and Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas will be integral to their aspirations.
In fact, both Fabregas and Costa are also likely to be central to Conte’s plans at Chelsea next season. Although major changes are expected at Stamford Bridge, the Spanish duo have been two of Chelsea’s better performers this campaign, especially since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
And in a way, the Portuguese’s strict style of football restricted both Costa and Fabregas while Hiddink has offered them freedom – and they’ve relished the chance to prove their worth with no boundaries. Since Hiddink arrived at the helm, Costa has regained his form and is one of the best strikers in the top flight on his day.
If nothing else, Chelsea’s incredible run under Hiddink has shown that they have the talent to win the Premier League title next season. With the right guidance, there’s no reason why the Blues cannot get their hands back on the crown… and Costa’s form will be central to their chances.
With the Spain striker in fine form, Chelsea will find it easier to overpower opposing sides and the Stamford Bridge faithful should be very excited ahead of what could be a defining season in the club’s history. Who knows, Diego Costa might even finish as the Premier League’s top goal scorer on the way to his second league title with Chelsea since joining the club back in the summer of 2014.