I’m sure we were all shocked with the reports about Diego Costa and Antonio Conte having a row. I mean the team has been winning games and are top of the table, so the last thing you’d expect is talks about a feud between the Chelsea manager and the most in-form striker in the league.
In fact, the most surprising thing has been the fact that Conte has managed Costa’s temperament very well, and the two have been friends with a ‘bromance’ going on between them.
For the best interest of Chelsea, I believe their differences should be sorted out amicably for the following reasons:
We are top of the league, and while we currently maintain a 7-point gap at the top of the table, it’s not yet time to breathe a sigh of relief. We have Liverpool and Arsenal coming up soon, and all we need to do is remain focused and channel all our energy on winning the league.
We’ve seen how many times the Chelsea dressing room has been torn apart on several occasions, and how it has gone on to affect the team. We all saw what happened last season under Jose Mourinho, and how all the fracas between manager and staff (Eva Carneiro)/ player affected the team. Last season should still be fresh in our heads and should be a timely reminder as to why Costa and Conte should sort out their differences and get along.
One thing that’s evident in every championship winning team is team spirit. We all saw the team spirit Leicester City showed last season, and the team spirit that was evident in our title-winning season. If we must end up as champions, we must maintain the team spirit till the end.
At some point, we all have to agree that Diego Costa is an important part of this Chelsea team and is a major reason why we are top of the table. It’s no reason for him to disrespect the manager, but creating a ground for reconciliation can help the team.
The two games we’ve played without Costa, we won 3-0, but while Hazard was super against Bournemouth, he wasn’t as effective against Leicester City. So, we really need Costa.
Conte’s feud with Costa is an unwelcome development, and could be a huge distraction to the team. Such an incident could make the team channel their emotions and energy to the wrong target. Right now, all our focus should be on the league, and nothing else.
We are all humans and we make mistakes, but moving forward should be our number one priority.