New signing says sorry for knocking new club out of last season’s Champions League…
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Chelsea’s bumper summer signing Diego Costa has released comments apologising for his role in knocking his new club out of last season’s Champions League, reports the Daily Mail.
The Spaniard, who cost the Blues £30m this summer, bagged a penalty at Stamford Bridge on the way to a 3-1 Atletico Madrid win, eliminating his now manager Jose Mourinho from his favourite competition!
“Now I can say I’m really sorry for the part I played in the game we won at Stamford Bridge,” Costa began.
“I remember the atmosphere and the passion of the supporters. They stayed right until the end, getting behind their team, even though it was unlikely they could win after we scored two quick goals. I liked that.
“I hope my actions on the pitch and my feet will do the talking and then people can decide if I’m a good player or not, if I’m improving or not. All I can say is I love playing hard and fairly.
“Joining was an easy decision for me. We have some of the best players in the world, the best manager in the world and it’s a club with great history.
“I want to improve, not only as a player but as an individual, and I believe this is the perfect place for me to do that. That’s the reason I chose Chelsea and why I want to defend this shirt.”
Chelsea fans will hope the powerful striker can provide the injection of goals that their side was badly lacking from a spearhead forward last term.
Demba Ba has left to join Besiktas, Samuel Eto’o has left on a free, Romelu Lukaku has signed for Everton, and Fernando Torres was hopeless last season. Costa though scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid, who won the Spanish title as a result, and if he finds similar form in England, few would bet against Chelsea securing their fourth Premier League title.
The 25-year-old is immensely powerful, can finish off either foot, hold the ball up, and win aerial battles.
In this respect, he has all the attributes Mourinho demands from his forwards, and the pair could earn silverware in 2014/15 if all goes to plan – especially with the world-class service of fellow Spanish signing Cesc Fabregas.