Diego Costa scored Chelsea’s second goal as Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday, meaning we are a point off Manchester City who top the table.
Ex-Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit revealed after Chelsea’s game with Southampton that he would love to have played with Diego Costa during his time at Chelsea.
“His work rate opens spaces for you,” Gullit told BBC. “When you’re a striker, you know that if he goes right, you go left because all the attention goes to him.
“He’s a handful and I’d like to play with a player like this.”
Former Republic of Ireland and Everton winger Kevin Kilbane also praised Costa’s work rate off the ball.
“So often we talk about strikers having a lack of touches inside the box and we criticize them,” Kilbane said.
“But he had such an influence on the game, off the back of not even touching the ball at times. His work rate, you understand from the clips you see from Costa. His runs took (Virgil) Van Dijk away to free up the space for Pedro.
“You can see why the flair players in Chelsea’s side like him so much. He creates opportunities for himself by just seeing the space.
“Everything he does is with real purpose. When the ball was given away, he wanted to be that first guy to go and win it back.
“Chelsea have this momentum about them at the moment. They outworked Southampton today and at times they sat deep which was unusual for them.”