Is Diego Costa to aggressive? Does his ‘old school’ style of play have a place in modern day football?
Following maybe his worse performance by him in a Chelsea shirt against Manchester United, Costa wasted an excellent early chance to counter-attack by holding on to the ball and seemed more occupied with frightening Marcos Rojo than scoring a goal.
We also saw another game where Costa was fortunate not to receive a red card when reply suggested he swung an elbow at Rojo when challenging for a first half cross.
When Chelsea signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £32 million in 2014, the Spanish international forward had a reputation as an aggressive player and he has lived up to that image in England.
You will often hear pundits talk about players, saying that their aggression makes them the player they are. This had been said about Rooney, Vidal, Vieira and many more over the years.
Eric Cantona’s disciplinary record was often called into question with a string of red cards, the last of which lead to the ‘kung fu’ kick on a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park.
Since joining Chelsea Costa has been involved in a number of incidents, most notably in the 2015 Capital One Cup semi-final, where he appeared to stamp on Can and Skrtel
Following the Liverpool game Costa received three-match ban and then Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers suggesting Costa fouled players when ‘there’s no need to’, Costa refuted these allegations.
It seems that Costa’s aggressive tactics are let go by referees every week and was branded ‘a serial cheat’ by former Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Woods.
Football remains a contact sport and a level of aggression and will to win but Costa takes it to another level, often looking out of control.