Diego Costa has been warned by Chelsea after his verbal backlash towards Antonio Conte during the blues impressive 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, with the forward growing tired of being repeatedly criticised by the manager Antonio Conte.
Although this doesn’t seem to be the sole reason and according to The Telegraph, Chelsea have given Costa a warning over his behaviour in the public eye and to keep his his emotions under control to avoid future problems.
Costa and Conte were seen clashing during the game, with the Spanish striker asking to be taken off in the second half. Chelsea were already 2-0 up and it was originally thought that Costa was worried about receiving a fifth yellow card. This would of resulted in him being banned for this weekend’s massive Premier League clash against ex blues boss Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, Chelsea could find themselves five points clear of the Red Devils should they take victory.
Conte’s has a reputation for being a passionate as we’ve seen during the Italian’s short stint in SW6. He’s been seen shouting at his players if they drift out of position, and Costa more than anyone else seems to find himself on the receiving end.
The weekends incident would of been flashbacks of last season. Costa’s had run-ins with Mourinho and despite winning the Premier League together in 2014/15, the pair fell out and Costa was one of the players accused of not trying hard enough for Mourinho last season, which eventually ended with Portuguese manager being sacked and Chelsea ending the season in tenth place in the Premier League table.
Conte had this to say on the situation;
“I know that, in football when you are winning 2-0, in 10 or 15 minutes you can be losing,” Conte said in his post-match press conference. “For this reason, I always stay [on edge] to maintain the right atmosphere on the pitch for my players.
“It’s very difficult to manage a result in England. Very difficult. Anything can happen right up to the end. For this reason, I pay great attention and want to impress this on my players.”