Ex-Tottenham midfielder: What’s different about Diego Costa at Chelsea this season

The former Tottenham midfielder believes Chelsea striker Diego Costa is trying harder this season

Diego Costa is working harder in the Chelsea team this season, according to Danny Murphy.

The Spain international has made an impressive start to life under new Blues manager Antonio Conte after the Italian took over the reins from interim boss Guus Hiddink in the summer.

Costa scored 12 times in 28 Premier League appearances in the 2015-16 season as Chelsea finished in tenth place in the table following a dismal defence of their top-flight campaign.

The former Atletico Madrid centre-forward scored 20 times in 26 games as he helped to fire Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side to the Premier League crown in the 2014-15 season.

However, ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy believes Costa has his hunger back after the controversial striker’s prolific start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.

“Conte has somehow got Costa playing amazingly well and working really hard. Last year, he didn’t really try,” Murphy told BBC One’s Football Focus show.

Costa scored 11 times in his opening 14 Premier League games of the season to help hoist the west London side to the top of the table.

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The Spanish striker moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2014.

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