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Diego Costa vows to continue playing like Diego Costa

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His name is Diego Costa, and we followed him into battle all last season.  (Except when his hamstrings were acting up or he was suspended.)

It took the striker roughly ten seconds to become a cult hero at Stamford Bridge.  His every on-pitch mannerism oozes proper, old-school Chelsea, from his take-no-prisoners attitude to his hard work and proficiency in front of goal.  He doesn't just get into trouble, he looks for trouble.  He riles up opponents, gets others sent off, and generally behaves like every match is the decisive battle in the war between the forces of good (us) and evil (them).  And we wouldn't have it any other way.

"If I change in any way, I'm not going to be the same player. It doesn't matter if defenders want to battle with me or not, I will just be trying to do my job as well as I possibly can."

"I've always played this way for all the sides I've been with and I've always scored a lot of goals in this style. The key for me is to score goals and win trophies."

-Diego Costa; source: Telegraph

Twenty goals last season in the league — Costa wants to do even better this season.

"It is the goals that count for me. Fighting hard, giving everything and working hard on the field you have to combine with the goals you score. Of course I know that 20 goals is a decent total but I will be trying to improve upon that figure, without a doubt."

"I believe that in life you have to keep improving and working hard. This time around I will be trying my absolute best to improve upon last season so I can beat that goals total - but let's hope that my goals help us to win some silverware. There's no value in scoring goals and not winning a trophy."

-Diego Costa; source: Telegraph

Costa also talks about feeling settled and happy at Chelsea, about hoping to stay here for "a good while yet," about honouring our title and defending the Premier League trophy, and of course about helping his friend Falcao get back on track.  Be sure to check out the rest of the interview over at the Telegraph.