Not scoring in seven straight matches can really damage a striker’s self-confidence, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was sure the goals would come for Diego Costa, judging by how focused and confident he looked in practice all these weeks. And the goals came indeed.
It’s normal for the strikers that it is important to score. The goals are their life. But, for me, I’ve always said I’ve been pleased with his commitment, his work for the team. He always worked for the team. After the Tottenham game, I said I’m sure he’s keeping his goals for the final weeks of the season
the Italian manager said after Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Southampton, in which the Spain international found the back of the net twice, also assisting Eden Hazard to open the score for the Blues.
Now he must continue. He’s very important for us. His confidence is very important for us. He scored two very beautiful goals, good combination and technique between him and his team-mates
Conte added, having every reason to be thrilled seeing his most lethal striker back on target, right when the team need him the most, with just five games remaining until the end of the Premier League, and the FA Cup final also on Chelsea’s schedule.