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Chelsea striker Diego Costa might just have aimed a sly dig at former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the Spanish striker said the atmosphere at Chelsea is far better under Antonio Conte because Conte is a friendly coach.

“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 is quoted as saying by Metro UK.

“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.

“When a game comes around, that’s the time to be serious. During the week the training sessions are serious, but away from there, you have to relax and switch off.

“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.”

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