DIEGO COSTA

  • Chelsea beat West Brom 2-0 to strengthen their top position 5 days ago

    London: Chelsea kept up their title charge in the Premier League by easily beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Saturday, with Diego Costa scoring his league-leading 11th goal of the season. Costa downed a cross from Oscar to volley in the opening goal in the 11th minute at Stamford Bridge...
  • Diego Costa is fit: Jose Mourinho 6 days ago

    London: Jose Mourinho has declared Diego Costa finally free of the hamstring injury that has dogged his Chelsea career but admitted to concerns about how he would cope with their "incredible marathon" of games for the rest of 2014. Costa is expected to start Saturday's game with West Bromwich Albion after...
  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...
  • Diego Costa scores winner as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 November 8, 2014

    Diego Costa's second-half goal earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday as the unbeaten leader negotiated another tough test in their relentless challenge for the Premier League title. Dropped by Spain on Friday to allow him to recover from a string of nagging injuries, Costa started at Anfield and...
  • EPL: Struggling Liverpool face table-toppers Chelsea; City take on QPR November 8, 2014

    Manchester: Criticised for picking a perceived weakened lineup against Real Madrid in midweek, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers can justify that controversial selection if his regulars return to hand Chelsea a first Premier League loss of the season on Saturday. Rodgers was accused by some of betraying Liverpool's rich European pedigree by...
  • Spain drop Diego Costa for European qualifier November 7, 2014

    Madrid: Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury. "Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest," Spain coach Vicente del...
  • Diego Costa back for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho urges Spain caution October 31, 2014

    London: Chelsea's leading scorer Diego Costa is fit for Saturday's London derby at home to Queens Park Rangers, but Spain need to look after him in the next international break, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. Mourinho did nothing to diffuse tension between the club and Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque,...
  • Diego Costa likely to start against Manchester United October 26, 2014

    Manchester: Spanish marksman Diego Costa has overcome his hamstring problem and illness and is likely to be in Chelsea's starting squad against Manchester United in the English Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday. According to the Daily Mail, the football league's top scorer came through Saturday's training session and will...
  • Costa may return against Manchester United, says Mourinho October 24, 2014

    Diego Costa, Ramires and John Mikel Obi could all return to the Chelsea squad for their Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho said. But striker Loic Remy is definitely out. The three all missed Chelsea's 6-0 Champions League club record win over Maribor on...
  • Chelsea may miss Diego Costa as Champions League resumes October 20, 2014

    The likely absence of Diego Costa should not stop Chelsea staying in command of Group G of the Champions League, with the Premier League leaders big favourites to beat Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is unsure when Costa will be back after the striker returned injured...
  • We were all suffering for Costa, says Del Bosque October 13, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque predicted Diego Costa would be a key performer for Spain in coming years after the Brazil-born forward ended his long wait for an international goal on Sunday. Costa's 69th-minute strike in a 4-0 win away to Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualification Group C was his first...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Spain rebound with 4-0 win at Luxembourg October 13, 2014

    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain in seven appearances to help the defending European champion ease to a 4-0 win at Luxembourg and rebound from their first qualifying loss in eight years on Sunday. The placid victory put Spain back on track to qualifying for the 2016 European championship...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Costa banking on Fabregas link to help end Spain drought October 6, 2014

    Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea. The Brazil-born forward, who turned his back on the country of his birth to play for La Roja,...
  • Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 to extend league lead October 5, 2014

    London: Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points over Manchester City after beating Arsenal 2-0 Sunday in a feisty London derby. Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 27th minute, coolly slotting home a penalty past Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Belgium international...
  • Del Bosque calls Diego Costa for Spain October 3, 2014

    Striker Diego Costa was called up by Spain on Friday for European Championship qualifying despite the fitness concerns of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Costa was chosen in the 23-man squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers at Slovakia on Thursday and at Luxembourg on Oct. 12. Mourinho complained that his team's top scorer was...
  • Diego Costa: the missing piece in the Chelsea jigsaw September 30, 2014

    One of the more favoured words of Sky Sports football commentators is "barnstorming". If, like me, much of your weekend evenings are spent in front of the television set, being transported to various football stadiums across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, chances are you would be very...
  • Diego Costa's hamstrings as precious as his goals for Chelsea September 28, 2014

    His hamstrings may be suspect but Diego Costa's marksmanship remains unerringly reliable as he continues to be the driving force behind Chelsea's pre-eminence in the Premier League. After his eighth goal in six games, a thunderous header, continued Costa's unprecedented start to any Premier League career and helped Chelsea cement a...
  • Costa's 8th EPL goal gives Chelsea a 3-0 win over Aston Villa September 27, 2014

    London: Diego Costa scored his eighth goal in six Premier League games to help give Chelsea a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday and consolidate top spot in the standings. Costa headed in the second goal in the 59th minute after Oscar had put Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute...
  • I am powerless to stop Spain selecting Costa, says Jose Mourinho September 26, 2014

    It is not often that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declares: "I am nobody" but he did on Friday when he said he was powerless to stop Spain calling up Diego Costa for international duty despite the striker's injury problems. Asked if he would rather Costa, who has been struggling with a...
  • EPL: The mighty 'Blues' of London September 24, 2014

    One glance across the leading newspapers of England and you will find a popular opinion which seemingly grows with each passing day. "My word, Chelsea are looking strong this year." Backed...
  • Chelsea's Diego Costa to face Manchester City, despite fitness fight September 19, 2014

    London: Diego Costa will play for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend despite not being 100 percent fit, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. The 32 million pounds($52.22 million) Brazilborn Spain striker, who has scored seven goals in four Premier League games since joining from Atletico Madrid, is...
  • Diego Costa can't play every match because of injury, says Mourinho September 18, 2014

    Striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals for Chelsea in his first four Premier League games, cannot play more than once a week because of a hamstring problem, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said. Mourinho, looking down in the dumps after Chelsea could only draw 11 with Schalke 04 in...
  • Champions League: Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke September 17, 2014

    The good news for Schalke 04's defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury. The bad news is that even without being fully fit he has scored seven goals in his...
  • Southampton thrash Newcastle 40, Tottenham play draw against Sunderland September 13, 2014

    Both sets of fans called for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to be fired after Southampton thrashed the demoralised Magpies 40 in the English Premier League with Graziano Pelle inspiring Ronald Koeman's newlook side at St Mary's on Saturday. Summer signing Pelle's brace was complemented by goals from Jack Cork and Morgan...
  • Costa scores a hattrick as Chelsea beat Swansea 42 September 13, 2014

    London: Diego Costa scored a hat trick as Chelsea opened an early gap atop the Premier League standings with a 42 win over Swansea, ending the visitors' perfect start to the season. Costa made sure Chelsea recovered from John Terry's early own goal as the Brazilborn Spain forward continued his...
  • Chelsea sweating on Costa's fitness September 13, 2014

    London: Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Diego Costa and the Premier League leaders will do all they can to get him fit to face Swansea City on Saturday. The powerful striker has made a blistering start to his Stamford Bridge career, scoring four goals in three appearances since leaving...
  • Spain, Chelsea striker Diego Costa injured September 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Diego Costa has injured his left hamstring and will miss the country's first qualifier for the European Championship, the Spanish football federation said on Friday. The federation said in a statement that Costa underwent an MRI scan in Madrid after being injured in a 10 loss to France...
  • Chelsea's Diego Costa must respect opponents, says Roberto Martinez August 31, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs to learn to show respect to opponents after the Spaniard goaded Everton players during their pulsating 63 English Premier League win on Saturday, Toffees coach Roberto Martinez said. New signing Costa taunted Seamus Coleman after the Irish defender's own goal put Chelsea 31 ahead at Goodison...