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Diego Costa - How did he fare?

Published 05/12/2015

Chelsea's Diego Costa came on as a second half substitute but failed to make much of an impact
Chelsea's Diego Costa came on as a second half substitute but failed to make much of an impact

Diego Costa was named as a substitute for the second game in a row by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for their Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The 27-year-old was not used in the goalless draw with Tottenham last weekend and showed his frustration by appearing to throw his bib at Mourinho.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Costa dealt with starting on the bench once again and his performance during the second half.


Costa started the Bournemouth match much like he started the Tottenham one - by choosing not to take part in the pre-game warm-up. Once the team was on the pitch and he had taken his position on the bench the TV cameras panned towards him but he quickly ducked out of the way, hiding his face from view. Just before the half hour, the Spain international came out to warm up in his bib - once John Obi Mikel had helped him put it on - to support and there was applause when he appeared on the touchline for the start of the second half.


Eden Hazard again was the furthest forward player in Chelsea's attack after Mourinho was so impressed by his performance against Tottenham that he gave him a "written document and graphics" to show his achievements during the game. The 24-year-old Belgian started strongly, forcing a save out of goalkeeper Artur Boruc after just two minutes. Bournemouth's Andrew Surman had clearly been told to keep an eye on Hazard by manager Eddie Howe but it appeared more difficult than he had envisaged with Hazard left on his own in the box on a number of occasions during the first half but Chelsea could not make the most of it. Mourinho was clearly less impressed by Hazard's performance this week as he was dropped back into midfield for the second half when Costa came on for Oscar, where he looked much more comfortable.


The Special One's tactic was apparent - he wanted a target man up front for the second half. The team went off to a few boos from the Chelsea faithful at half-time but all in all, Costa did not make quite as much of an impact as his manager would have hoped. Costa showed his menacing side, but not in a good way, receiving his fourth yellow card of the season for a challenge on Matt Ritchie. The striker appeared frustrated on the pitch and when a throw-in went against him he turned to the referee laughing and asked: "Is it me?" This just about summed up his afternoon as once Bournemouth scored in the 82nd minute he hardly touched the ball again and made a quick exit off the pitch at the final whistle.


Costa has only scored three Premier League goals so far this season. The Spaniard has only hit the back of the net seven times since January and his run of bad luck showed throughout the game. A perfect cross from Branislav Ivanovic went screaming across the goal but Costa could not get on the end of it after it evaded Pedro. Any contact and it would have been a goal. Only minutes later the same situation occurred and despite sliding in at the far post he still could not make any contact with the ball. Costa's best chance came after 77 minutes when Cesc Fabregas passed the ball over the Cherries defence but a stretching Costa could only shoot straight at Boruc.

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