Diego Costa: My message to Chelsea fans ahead of Arsenal clash

Diego Costa is grateful for the unconditional love he has been receiving from Chelsea fans

Diego Costa has admitted that he is unsure if he “deserves” the love that Chelsea fans have shown him since his arrival at the club last summer.

The Brazilian-born forward has been a regular fixture in the Blues’ first-team since his switch to the west London club from Atletico Madrid last summer.

Costa netted his second goal of the season as he helped Chelsea beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv in their Champions League group-stage opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The striker admits that his recent form has not been good enough but is grateful to the west London club’s fans for showing their support for the forward.

Costa is quoted as saying by the Guardian: “I don’t know if I deserve the fantastic support that they give me every game.

“I often don’t do anything and the fans still chant my name. They treat me very well and I’m very grateful for that. As I said, I don’t know how much I deserve it.

“It’s very important for the players to feel the warmth and support of the fans. That can often win you games. If you see the fans are there supporting you, it’s like having an extra player.

“It creates a special feeling inside when the fans are supporting you and making lots of noise. I hope the fans will be full of passion [against Arsenal] and transmit that energy to us that we need at the moment. We need their support and energy.”

Costa will be hoping to feature when Chelsea host Arsenal in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.

The Blues head into the game after slumping to a 3-1 loss to Everton in their most recent top-flight outing last weekend.

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