Costa filling vacuum left by Drogba at Chelsea

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DiegoCostaisbeginningtohavethesameimpactatChelseaasDidierDrogbaoncedid,centraldefenderGaryCahillbelieves。

CostahascometosymbolisetheclubstransformationunderAntonioConteandensuredtheBluesextendedtheirwinningstreaktoninePremierLeaguegameswiththewinninggoalagainstWestBromwichAlbiononSunday。

Thatgoal,Costas12thin15leagueappearancesthisseason,movedContessidebackthreepointsclearattheheadofthetableaheadofthemidweektriptofacebottomclubSunderlandattheStadiumofLight。

AndthemannerinwhichtheBrazil-bornSpainstrikercreatedandscoredanexcellentindividualgoalinthefinalmomentsofthegamerecalledmemoriesoftheinspirationalDrogba。

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TheformerIvoryCoastinternationalspentnineyearsatStamfordBridge,deliveringasuccessionoftrophiestotheclubincludingfamouslyscoringthedecisivepenaltythatsecuredthemtheChampionsLeague。

CahillbelievesthereisacomparisontobemadebetweenCosta–-whoisnowinhisthirdseasonattheclub-–andtheIvorian。

Didierwasahugefiguregoal-scoringwiseandalsowithhispersonalityonandoffthepitch,saidCahill。

YouneedstrikerslikethatandDiegohasfittedinnicely。

Sincehesbeenattheclubhesscoredgoalsbutthisseasonhesonfire。

ArethefansstartingtolovehimliketheylovedDidier?

Yesofcoursebecauseheisbanginggoalsineveryweek。

Heiswinningusmatches。

Atthismomentheisrightupthereamongthebestintheworld。

Thestatisticsdontlie。

Costastalentshavebeenapparentsincehearrivedattheclubwhiletheforwardhasalsodevelopedareputationforafierytemperament。

Buthehasbeennoticeablymorerestrainedduringtheclubsrecentrevival,goingtenmatcheswithoutacaution。

Heisnotgettingasfrustratedasheusedto。

Heischannelling(hisenergy)intherightdirectionnowandisbeingpatient,saidCahill。

Ihaventhadtohaveawordwithhimaboutit,Ithinkthat’ssomethinghehasaddedtohisgamethisseason。

ContehasnofreshinjuriestocontendwithbutmayopttostartwithWillianaheadofPedro。

SunderlandmanagerDavidMoyeshasconcededhissideneedtoembarkonanotherrunofgoodformafterthe3-0defeatatSwanseasawthemreturntothefootofthePremierLeaguetable。

TheBlackCatshadwonthreeoftheirfourpreviousgames,butwiththebottomsixclubsseparatedbyonlyfourpoints,asimilarsequenceofvictorieswillboosttheirbidtopulloffafifthconsecutivesuccessfulrelegationbattle。

Certainlytheyareinabetterplaceformwisethanwhentheyfailedtowinanyoftheirfirst10games。

Asaclub,wevebeeninthissituationmanytimesbeforesoitsnotsomethingthatsnewtous,saidMoyes。

Thoserecentthreewinsinfourputusbackinwithafightingchance,whenafewweeksagowewerentinwithone。


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