Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed that he started the new season 'a little bit overweight'.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Spain international has admitted that his diet changed over the course of the summer after he picked up an injury at the back end of last season.
With Chelsea struggling on the domestic scene, the former Atletico Madrid forward has endured a torrid time in front of goal. In fact, Costa has only managed to find the back on just one occasion in the Premier League so far this season.
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The 27-year-old was also handed a retrospective three-game ban following an on-field altercation with Arsenal defender Gabriel last month.
It's certainly not been a good start to the campaign for the enigmatic forward, who stated: "I’m going to be very honest. Five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game, at least physically.
"I got injured at the end of the season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and when I came back I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight, and that affected my game."
Jose not to blame
Costa has, however, failed to blame Blues chief Jose Mourinho for the club's early season failures. With the west London outfit sitting in 16th place in England's elite division, the Brazilian-born ace has insisted that the players are to blame.
He continued by saying: "You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible and so are the other guys. We need to blame the players.
"We know we were not 100 per cent when we got here. We came back from holiday very confident, and thought we could go back into how it was last season. When we actually realised where we were, the team was already in a bad situation.
"They can say whatever they want about Mourinho, but inside the dressing room, he is completely different from the idea people have of him.
"He gives us all the support we need, and the players talk to each other and we say he is the best manager you can have. Maybe he gets criticised because he’s very good. Maybe he gets criticised because he’s Mourinho.
Not good enough
Ultimately, Costa's admission won't come as much comfort for Chelsea fans, who have watched their side fail to live up to expectations in recent months.
One thing is for sure, Costa must produce the goods sooner rather than later. This mess can't go on in west London and the likes of Costa, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and co. must rediscover their scintillating form of last season.
With games against Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke City on the horizon, it's time for the Blues to turn their season around.
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