Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is currently serving a one-match suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season, has revealed he misses his duels with Real Madrid defenders Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
Asked what he misses about playing for Atletico Madrid, Costa told Sport TV: “I used to love the games against Real Madrid and the chance to face Pepe and Ramos.
“It was a good battle, where we always had trouble and sparks were flying.
“I can guarantee that they used to love them for the same reasons.
“We went out on the pitch knowing that they would be intense games but the important thing was that there was loyalty. They went out hard, I did too but without being disloyal.
“And the games against them always had friction: some sort of insult, some kicking. But after the end of the game, we would always greet each other without any problems.
“Now, with Ramos, we’re teammates with the national team and we’re always joking that I can’t do it anymore.”