Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Diego Costa's lack of movement up front means he's not the same as last season.
Costa failed to produce the goods in front of goal last night as the Premier League champions suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Leicester City.
The 2-1 defeat leaves the west London outfit in 16th place in England's elite division - a staggering 20 points off the summit of the table.
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Unsurprisingly, a number of Chelsea's first-team stars have been criticised recently, with Costa's attitude and below par performances having been heavily scrutinised.
At the end of last month, Costa appeared to throw his bib in the direction of Mourinho after failing to get off the bench in the club's stalemate with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Last night, then, the Spain international failed to shine once again, and it wasn't only his manager who reacted to his performance.
As you can see by the tweets below, the Chelsea faithful certainly weren't too happy with the enigmatic striker.
Stats aren't good enough
Costa's on-field displays just haven't been good enough. Throughout the course of the season, the former Atletico Madrid man has appeared to be more focused on fighting with the opposition rather than finding the back of the net.
With just three goals in 13 league games this term, Costa hasn't been able to replicate last season's form. As Chelsea cruised to the title last term, the forward struck 20 goals in 26 games for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Right now, Costa appears to have a lack urgency, movement and spirit, and it's far from certain as to whether he will be able to turn things around under the guidance of Mourinho.
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