New Delhi: Chelsea's new recruit Diego Costa scored a hat-trick against visiting Swansea at Stamford Bridge to help Blues lead the league table by two points and to the elation of manager Jose Mourinho. After the match, Mourinho hailed Costa as a 'special' player.
On Saturday, the former Atletico Madrid player scored three goals 22 minutes after Chelsea captain John Terry slipped in an early own goal to give Swans the lead. Having already scored four goals in his first three outing for the London club, Costa fought off injury concerns to play the match in front of a packed home crowd.
The 4-2 win meant that Mourinho's are two points clear off the second place Aston Villa after the the close of Matchday 4. Chelsea started the 2014-15 English Premier League season on a resounding note collecting all possible 12 points so far. And driving them towards perfection is the Brazilian-born Spain striker, Costa.
Mourinho, famous for quotable quotes and one-liners, said that “He (Costa) is a special player.” Known as the Special One himself, the Portuguese added, "He is one of the best strikers at this moment in football." However, the astute boss did not failed to appreciate the team effort. "The team is an attacking team that creates a lot of chances and spaces for a striker... The second goal is a brilliant collective action. Fabregas had a fantastic assist and Diego put the ball in the net. Diego is a good player but he is in a good team."
Costa, 25, arrived in London early during the summer transfer window from Atletico for a modest price of GBP 32million. During his stay at Madrid, he scored 36 goals, helping Diego Simeone's side win the Spanish league title in 2014 and also finish Champions League as runners-up to city rivals Real.
He made league debut scoring against promoted Burnley, then followed it up with goals against Leicester City and Everton in successive matches before the Saturday fixture. Thus he has already scored two more goals than Fernando Torres and Demba Ba each managed in the whole of last season.
With Agency inputs