Paul Merson highlights how important Diego Costa is to Chelsea
Costa scored The Blue’s first-half winner in their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend to shoot the Blues six points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool in the title race.
Writing in his Daily Star column ahead of Chelsea’s home clash against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, The Former Arsenal star highlighted Costa’s importance to Conte’s side.
“He is their most important player, their top scorer. He sets the tone and they follow him. They will miss him. If they are going to slip up it’s going to be in a game like this when they don’t have Costa and N’Golo Kante,” Merson said.
The Spain international will miss Chelsea’s home clash against Bournemouth through suspension after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Selhurst Park.