Diego Costa was worst of a bad bunch as Chelsea lost to Man United

Old Trafford was the venue for Chelsea’s worst performance yet under Antonio Conte on Sunday, as Manchester United recorded a somewhat comfortable 2-0 win over the Premier League’s pace setters.

The Blues were chaotic at the back for large periods and struggled even more going forward, failing to produce a single shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.

Part of the problem was Diego Costa, who has been in simply horrendous form since his bust-up with Antonio Conte in January, allegedly a consequence of interest from the Chinese Super League.

The Spain striker has now gone five Premier League fixtures without a goal, his longest ever drought in the English top flight, but it’s his ineffectual all-round play that Chelsea fans will find most worrying – his performance against United particularly raising cause for concern.

Indeed, as our infographic shows, Costa didn’t produce a single shot on target – and in fact only had one effort at goal – create a chance for one of his team-mates or win an aerial duel. Rather, he was dispossessed ten times, suffered six bad touches and even made his way into Bobby Madley’s notebook.

When Costa’s in top form, he’s one of the best strikers in the world. But the payoff of performances like this is becoming less and less worthwhile for the west Londoners.

 


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