The Chelsea revival under Antonio Conte was going swimmingly until four games ago. The Italian had a 100% league record ahead of the last international break, but a draw at Swansea followed by back-to-back losses at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal somewhat dampened enthusiasm in the west end of London. Not even a routine win over Hull has buoyed the mood noticeably.
However, Conte is doing a sterling job with one man: Diego Costa. Indeed, the divisive Spaniard has been truly excellent this term in league action, as @OptaJose have revealed…
8 – There’s no player in the Top 5 European Leagues who has had a hand in more goals than Diego Costa this season (6G, 2A). Discard pic.twitter.com/NDvF62vdtE
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 9, 2016
Costa has had a hand in more goals than any player in any of Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1), with six scored directly and another two laid on for team-mates.
That really is some going.
Chelsea surely have title ambitions this term after 2015/16’s collapse, and the pantomime villain forward will be key to those!