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Diego Costa says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ‘friendlier’ than Jose Mourinho


Chelsea star Diego Costa has took a swipe at old manager Jose Mourinho by saying he enjoys his football more at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.

The Blues finished tenth last campaign following Mourinho’s sacking in December but they have bounced back this season with a 13 game winning streak, putting them at the top of the Premier League table.

Conte’s outfit are looking to equal Arsenal’s 14 match winning run when they travel across London to White Hart Lane on Wednesday as they face Tottenham Hotspur.

Spain international Costa has been in impressive form for the Blues so far this term and he’s aimed a comment at his former manager by saying the mood is far better around the training ground.

“I think it’s really important for managers to be liked by his players because ultimately on the pitch, those players will give everything for their manager,” Costa said.

“We have had a change of manager, he is working us hard, but people like him, which is important for everyone connected to the club because it creates a good atmosphere.

“Sometimes you have managers that have to be the boss, but this manager is a bit friendlier and there is closeness there.

“It is really important to have that at your workplace for you to come in and feel happy. You need a good atmosphere and a bit of fun.

“We are a family, we spend so much time together, we have to do things that bring us closer together because if not, everything will be too regimented, too professional and I don’t like that, it’s not for me.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)


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