Exit Of A Villain: Our Top Memorable Moments From Diego Costa’s Time At Stamford Bridge

You could love him or loathe him, but there is no denying the impact Spanish striker Diego Costa had on the Premier League.

On Thursday, it was announced that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid had agreed a deal that would see the striker join his ex-club. Pictures of Costa leaving Brazil for Spain circulated quite fast and although he would not be able to play for the Rojiblancos till January, the striker is more than welcome at the Wanda Metropolitano.

From his antics to his scoring prowess, Diego Costa’s exit from Chelsea would surely be missed by those who were on the end of his antics and the club that saw him produce fine goal scoring acts. 

Costa EPL Debut

Quick to get things going, the Spanish striker opened his Chelsea account with a goal against Burnley in the first league match of the 2014/2015 season. He would also score in the following game and in his third, walking home at the end of the month with Barclays Player of the Month Award.

Chelsea Hat-trick
Diego would waste no time getting his first matchball with Chelsea as the striker continued his goal scoring form against Swansea. He would end up scoring 20 goals in the 2014/15 season earning a place in the PFA’s Team of the Year.

The Stamp
Emre Can would be on the receiving end of Diego Costa’s antic. The Spaniard would leave his footprints on the calf of Can as he looked to jump over the Liverpool defender. He would be charged by the FA in relation to the stamp receiving a three-match ban. 

It would not be the last time he would be pressing on a Liverpool player. Costa would do the same to Martin Skrtel, stepping on the defender’s chest although he would escape punishment from the FA.

The Slap
Arsenal and Chelsea fixture has increasingly grown fiesty over the years and Diego Costa would be the center of one. He epeatedly slapped Laurent Koscielny and chest-bumped him to the ground, and then confronted Gabriel. Costa would get a retrospective ban for his actions.

The Flip
“For me his behaviour is normal. A top player on the bench will not be happy” That was Jose Mourinho’s defence for Costa’s actions after the player left the touchlines unhappy. 

Costa would be on the touchlines warming up as a substitute against Tottenham but the current Man Utd manager would throw in Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead. Costa showed his unhappiness by throwing his bib on the floor with replays showing it missing Mourinho by a few inches.

The Hero
Two Premier League titles and a league cup title were the returns of Diego Costa’s time at Chelsea.

While some fans might seem as one to cast goodbye, Chelsea fans would certainly remember him well for the job well done at Stamford Bridge.