Best Quotes from Diego Costa

I want to be competitive; I want to run all over – I want to win.

Diego Costa

I joined a club like Chelsea to win titles.

Diego Costa

Goals are what count for me. It’s not about a battle with defenders. Fighting hard, giving everything and working hard on the field you have to combine with the goals you score. 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.

Diego Costa

The key for me is to score goals and win trophies.

Diego Costa

In Brazil, if you have a son, the first thing you give him is a football. That’s the first gift – so my dad was no different.

Diego Costa

Life has many turns.

Diego Costa

I wished I could go back to Atletico; I’m not going to lie.

Diego Costa

I think anyone in life, everyone in the world, no matter what work they do, they should think of wanting to get on, to win, improve.

Diego Costa

People ended up not thinking much of me. They saw me as a bit of a troublemaker. It’s important to change people’s impressions.

Diego Costa

You always have to know that you are going to leave everything on the pitch, every drop of sweat, to help the team win the game.

Diego Costa

I train all week just to play for 90 minutes. I love playing games, and so during those 90 minutes, it’s always 100 per cent.

Diego Costa

Work goes well if you give your best with the guy beside you.

Diego Costa

I don’t have a problem with any defenders. I’ve always played against great defenders.

Diego Costa

I consider myself a player who fights and gives everything on the pitch. Those who know me and appreciate those values understand what I say.

Diego Costa

Don’t put wings on me; I am no angel.

Diego Costa

I started playing football on the streets; I grew up playing football on the streets with my friends, and that’s why I was brought up the way I was. That’s the school I had – the street football.

Diego Costa

I’m no angel. You can see that. But every time I play, I will play the same way because that’s the way I am.

Diego Costa

I have a go at defenders, and they have a go at me. We argue… Whatever happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.

Diego Costa

I have to be scoring goals and playing well to get in the team because, if not, others who are in better form will play.

Diego Costa

There are managers who always say what people want to hear. I think that’s not good.

Diego Costa

I’d rather have someone who tells me straight up what happens rather than sweet things that I want to hear.

Diego Costa

Always, when things don’t go the way that everyone expects, people – the supporters as well – always look for someone to blame. In some cases, they blame the players.

Diego Costa

I think it’s really important for managers to be liked by his players because ultimately, on the pitch, those players will give everything for their manager.

Diego Costa

When a game comes around, that’s the time to be serious. During the week, the training sessions are serious, but away from there, you have to relax and switch off.

Diego Costa

It’s important to be right physically.

Diego Costa

I haven’t done great things for Spain – I can’t lie – but when I play well, they should say so. They criticise me for my character, but I also have quality.

Diego Costa

My mindset is always to be victorious, to win the match.

Diego Costa

When we go to the pitch, that’s all we want to do – we want to win – and when the game finishes, if you win, you go home happy.

Diego Costa

You just have to be prepared because in the Premier League, you are not always going to have more than once chance to score. When it comes your way, you have to be ready to take that chance. If you’re not calm, you know it might not come again.

Diego Costa

I have always seen Drogba as the example to follow in terms of a centre-forward. He was strong and scored loads of goals, and he was a quality player.

Diego Costa

I always wanted to win. Everyone has a bit of that in them, but I have even more of a will to win. Sometimes I might go overboard, whereas there are others who, yes, they want to win, but if they don’t, it’s no big deal for them.

Diego Costa

I want to win and always have done since I was small. I don’t know if it’s in my blood or just my personality.

Diego Costa

If I go on to the pitch, do things well and the fans love me and my team-mates, too, we take on that energy which can change a game.

Diego Costa

Check my records: you’ll find I’ve never caused a bad injury to a player.

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The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions.

Diego Costa

In England, the referees don’t call many fouls, as opposed to Spanish football. Consequently, you must be really strong all through the 90 minutes.

Diego Costa

If I change in any way, I’m not going to be the same player.

Diego Costa

Do I enjoy the aggression of English football? No. I like to play football. I like to score goals. I like to do things well.

Diego Costa

If you do not have the team behind you, then you can’t do things on your own. It all depends on the team.

Diego Costa

Every striker has their way of playing and their strengths and a different team behind them. That is very important.

Diego Costa

Scoring goals is scoring goals. From a striker’s point of view, the aim is the same.

Diego Costa

A season is very long, and there will be periods where you’ll be very good and moments where you won’t be as good.

Diego Costa

I have to be extra careful, but I’m never going to change the way I play.

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What worries me is to be in the best physical form to score goals.

Diego Costa

I don’t pick tournaments to score or rivals or other teams to score against. I’m a striker: every game I play, I want to score.

Diego Costa

Wembley is a ground with great history. It’s hosted games and players of great prestige. It’s always important playing on great stages like this.

Diego Costa

I think that football has always had a passionate, aggressive side, with players giving their all. People have to get used to this.

Diego Costa

Some people seem to think football is like theatre and that everyone has to play the good guy. But I think that you transform when you cross the white line: you’re not the same person as off it.

Diego Costa

If you ask a million players who they would want as manager, they will come back with a top three list of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, or Diego Simeone.

Diego Costa

I am Brazilian, and that is not going to change, but I want to win the World Cup with Spain.

Diego Costa

On Conte’s first day, I told him that I wanted to join Atletico, and he was upset with me and didn’t even look at me. Luckily, I started to score goals.

Diego Costa

As we say, finals are not to play them, they are to win them.

Diego Costa