Thursday, 21 September, 2017

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Q&A Graeme Le Saux Graeme Le Saux: Spurs can take Wembley debut in their stride
Kristopher Love | 22 August, 2017, 07:05

Spain global Costa has accused the club of treating him "like a criminal" - a suggestion laughed off by boss Antonio Conte last week ahead of their clash with Tottenham, live on Sky Sports Football. I never sent [them] text messages, so it shows what kind of person he is.

The Spanish global scored 20 Premier League goals last season'Conte's text?

With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspended, Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa still angling for an exit, Conte was obliged to innovate. What Conte did so brilliantly last season was pick the flawless pairing for every game between Kante, Fabregas & Matic and now with Bakayoko side-lined and Cesc suspended he's left with a huge hole to fill in midfield.

"I think those stadiums make that and all the teams that come here, instead of being impressed, they will give more so for Spurs it won't be easy but if they have their fans, with 80-90,000 people they can make it hard for a lot of teams".

On his decision to join Atletico who are under a transfer ban until January, Costa said "I already have in mind where I want to play and I've made it very clear", said Costa. I wish them the best, I have no hurt.

The Blues are set to face stiff competition for the three players signatures as Liverpool are also monitoring Van Dijk and Bertrand's availability, while Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keeping a close eye on Soares.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, a man not renowned for patience in his 14 years in control, has regularly hired and fired managers but still won numerous trophies. "Holidays are good but it gets tiresome".

"It won't be the same as before [between him and Conte] and we don't know if the fight for the position will be fair", he said.

"I think it goes all the way back to last Christmas when he tried to leave then", Le Saux added. Of course for the warmth and respect that I earned there, they showed interest.

"If I'm not part of the manager's plans, I would like to choose my destination - I'm not going to let them decide just to get more money".

"That's what we did (against Spurs), I think we did very well".