Diego Costa is a special player. Rather, he is a special character. He is always up for challenges and has this unique ‘street-fighter’ attitude in him.
He was already a winner before he joined Chelsea, having won the La Liga with Atletico Madrid, but was keen to test himself at a top European club.
He joined Chelsea to win. And to win only. And now, he has this chance of picking up his first silverware in a Chelsea shirt on Sunday when his team take on Tottenham at Wembley in the League Cup final.
“It’s an important game whatever way you look at it,” said Costa. “What gives it more importance is that it’s my first final at the club. So I will go in with the mentality and have the motivation to come away with the title.
“I joined a club like Chelsea to win titles. As we say, finals are not to play them, they are to win them. I’m hoping I can get my first title with Chelsea.”
Chelsea suffered a 5-3 humiliating defeat earlier this season against Tottenham at the White Hart Lane, but Costa doesn’t see revenge as a motivation for this game.
“There’s nothing extra, no revenge or anything like that, just a final and we want to win. Never mind the opposition. We all know we are a good team and we have the quality to win.”
Costa has recently returned to the starting line-up from a three-game ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can, and the Spain international makes it clear that although he will not change his style, but he will be extra cautious from now on.
The Spain international echoes the sentiment of his manager that Chelsea are victims of impartiality from the officials, admitting that he gets a different treatment from other players.
“I’m not going to change my way of playing,” the forward said. “I do know now that I have to be a little bit more careful because it’s not the same when I do something or when someone else does it.
“Something I do, it’s talked about much more than another player. I have to be extra careful, but I’m never going to change the way I play. That’s what got me here, that’s the way I play.”
Costa has failed to find the net in his last four games and will be looking to score on Sunday. And every time he has found the net (except once vs Spurs) Chelsea have always won.