So much has been said about Diego Costa and his recent goal drought. The Spain international had gone five games without a goal heading into today’s game, something that has never happened in his Chelsea career.
He looked a shadow of the striker that topped the scoring chart in the first half of the season and many doubted his credibility as a top nine. But not today and not against Southampton.
Costa looked a different player at Stamford Bridge tonight, and even if he hadn’t been on the scoresheet, his performance will generally have been appreciated today. Besides his goals, Costa had a wonderful game; he stretched the Southampton defence, was always available for a pass, worked really hard and his build-up play was worthy of commendation – this was evident in the manner he assisted Eden Hazard to score the first goal.
His understanding with Cesc Fabregas was brought to fore today, something we haven’t seen in a very long time; they both combined well for Hazard to open the scoring and their combination also led to the first of Costa’s goals.
Speaking about goals, the Spain international scored a brace, and the first was his long awaited 50th Premier League goal and he decided to score his 51st as well.
It could be said that the rest against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday was very important for Costa, as he looked a different player tonight and had so much energy to release.
Nice one, Diego!