Even though former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was often quick to come to the defense of star forward Diego Costa, the Spanish scoring machine simply wasn’t the same man who scored 20 goals last year during the first portion of the 2015-16 season. However, since Guus Hiddink took over for the ousted Mourinho, Costa has reclaimed the form that makes him one of Europe’s most efficient strikers.
According to stats from Chelsea Transfers the Metro, Costa’s goal against Scunthorpe was his fourth in three matches under Hiddink – matching his total from his first 20 matches under Jose Mourinho to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Diego Costa in 2015/16: Under Jose Mourinho: 20 games, 4 goals Under Guus Hiddink: 3 games, 4 goals pic.twitter.com/4Ca9ZaBSdT
— Chelsea Transfers (@CFCTransfers) January 10, 2016
Costa scored just one Premier League goal in the first two months of the season, finally ending a one month drought against Aston Villa in October. Costa would not score another goal until late November in a win over Norwich City, but that would prove to be his last goal until Mourinho was fired.
Under Hiddink, Costa has scored a goal in three straight games, giving him four goals plus an assist during the first few weeks of the interim boss’s tenure.
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