Diego Costa played the role of pantomime villain to perfection in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
The Spain international scored twice - his second goal an impressive overhead kick that sealed a point for the Blues - and was also involved in too many controversial moments to count.
Costa was a menace. He clashed with opposing players, insulted a linesman and collected his third yellow card of the season. Sounds like a typical game for the forward.
The 27-year-old recently admitted he doesn’t plan to change his ways and if it allows him to produce moments of brilliance like he did in the 80th minute, Chelsea won’t want him to.
The problem is, of course, when Costa goes a step too far. He plays on the edge and it seems inevitable that things will boil over in the coming weeks.
Gary Lineker summed it up best, the Match of the Day presenter posting the following message on Twitter.
Guidolin is a fan
His controversial style will frustrate many but Costa has his admirers. In fact, Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admitted yesterday that he wished more of his players were like the Chelsea striker.
“I admire players like him and I want player like this here at Swansea,” Guidolin said. “That’s so important in this league to have that type of player.”
Fernando Llorente concurred. The Swansea forward, a former international teammate of Costa’s, said: “Diego Costa is a very, very good player. He fights for everything, for every ball and fights every on other team. He is a good striker who has scored a lot of goals - both in Spain and now here.”
Either brilliant or bonkers. Lineker has hit the nail on the head.