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Since Alvaro Morata Last Scored, Diego Costa Has Been On A Mad One

Since Alvaro Morata Last Scored, Diego Costa Has Been On A Mad One

Most people who know anything about football will acknowledge that Chelsea replacing Diego Costa with Alvaro Morata has to go down as one of the worst decisions in recent memory.

After being told by text that he was not in Antonio Conte's plans, Costa went AWOL despite Chelsea asking him to return to Cobham and train with the reserves.

Eventually he got his desired moved back to Atletico Madrid, it being confirmed two months after Morata had been brought in for a reported £61 million.

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Because of the transfer ban imposed to Atleti, Costa didn't play for Atletico until January but it's fair to say the pair of Spanish internationals have endured very different success in recent times.

Since the last time that Morata found the net for Chelsea in an FA Cup game in April, Costa has knocked out Arsenal in the Europa League en route to winning the competition before then having an impressive World Cup despite Spain's shock defeat to hosts Russia in the round of 16.

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With Morata not named in Spain's squad, Costa led the line and netted three goals in the tournament. Then, he started the club campaign with a bang by netting twice, including one just 49 seconds in, in the thrilling 4-2 UEFA Super Cup win over arch-rivals Real Madrid.

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A quite remarkable downgrade. Morata gets a lot of unnecessary flak but he just doesn't have that big-game aura that Costa brings with him - as we saw last night when he bullied Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

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While one can't deny Costa is a massive shithouse but he's a bloody brilliant one.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Atletico Madrid, Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa

Josh Lawless

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