Chelsea benefiting from Diego Costa’s cool head, says Thibaut Courtois

Diego Costa was booked for dissent in the 16th minute of Chelsea's 2-1 victory at Stoke but showed impressive restraint for the rest of the game.

By: Reuters | Updated: March 20, 2017 6:29 pm
chelsea vs arsenal, arsenal vs chelsea, chelsea football, arsenal football, robert pires, football news, football Diego Costa is one of the leading strikers in the English Premier League. (Source: Reuters)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unlikely to win any ‘fair play’ awards this season but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says the fiery forward has become much better at controlling his temper despite relentless heavy treatment from opposing defenders.

Costa was booked for dissent in the 16th minute of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday but showed impressive restraint for the rest of the game despite being fouled by Phil Bardsley and Bruno Martins Indi.

“When they kicked him, he remained calm and that’s very good for us because in the worst case, he would have got a second yellow card and been out of the game,” Courtois told British media.

“In some moments maybe Diego exaggerates a bit, but all of the time, they hit him quite well.” Costa, who has picked up six bookings in the league this season, has been a key figure in Premier League leaders Chelsea’s campaign.

“After four or five 50-50 moments where the referee can whistle or not whistle, he gets a bit angry and gets a yellow card,” Belgian international Courtois added.

“So it’s important for him to stay calm and he’s developed that a lot this season. ” Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top ahead of the international break and will host 16th-placed Crystal Palace on April 1.

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App now

First Published on: March 20, 2017 5:34 pm
  1. No Comments.

IPL Fixtures

TODAY

31st T20

08:00 PM (IST) April 27, 2017 .

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions

M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

32nd T20

04:00 PM (IST) April 28, 2017 .

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

33rd T20

08:00 PM (IST) April 28, 2017 .

Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

34th T20

04:00 PM (IST) April 29, 2017 .

Rising Pune Supergiant vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

35th T20

08:00 PM (IST) April 29, 2017 .

Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot