Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have helped my adaption, says Chelsea striker

Diego Costa credits his manager and team-mates for his impressive Premier League career so far

Diego Costa has credited Cesc Fabregas and Oscar with helping the striker to hit the ground running in his first season at Chelsea.

The Spain international has scored 17 times in just 19 Premier League games following his £32m move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last summer.

But Costa is quick to point out that Jose Mourinho’s ingenious tactics and his talented team-mates have all contributed to his impressive start.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Costa said: “Hard work. Also, Jose Mourinho is a very clever man. He knows exactly the kind of team he wants to build and the way he wants to play. The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have eased my adaptation [off the pitch] as well as helping me score, too.”

The 26-year-old striker should return to Mourinho’s starting line-up for their clash against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes next Tuesday.

Costa has spent the last three Premier League games sidelined after he was retrospectively punished by the FA for stamping on Liverpool defender Emre Can.

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The Brazilian-born striker is hoping to win successive top-flight titles in different European leagues after he scored 27 times in 35 appearances to fire Atletico to La Liga glory.

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