Antonio Conte: I want Diego Costa to be fiery at Chelsea… just like me

Conte has a reputation for his passionate behaviour off the pitch and wants his star striker to be just as fired up on it.

Costa has caused plenty of controversy with his in-your-face playing style since he first joined Chelsea two years ago.

But after fighting off attempts by Atletico Madrid to re-sign him this summer, Conte has told Costa to carry on winding people up.

The Italian said: “I like the spirit of Diego. He always shows a great passion. I am the same. He doesn’t want to lose. I like this passion. I want this passion in the team.

“It is important to have this passion for your work, for football. It helps you to overcome difficulty. I demand this from him.”

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