Antonio Conte reacts to Diego Costa’s display in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Hull City

The Chelsea manager discusses Diego Costa's performance in Sunday's 2-0 win over Hull City

Antonio Conte praised Diego Costa for a good performance after the Chelsea striker scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international missed the west London side’s 3-0 victory over defending champions Leicester City last weekend due to a back injury.

However, reports in the British media suggested that the real reason behind Costa’s absence was a falling out with manager Antonio Conte.

The 28-year-old centre-forward returned to training with his Chelsea team-mates last week and Conte named Costa in his starting line-up.

The Blues forward repaid his manager’s faith with the opener in added time at the end of the first half before Gary Cahill’s header nine minutes from time.

Speaking at his post-match media conference after Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Hull on Sunday afternoon, Conte discussed Costa’s performance.

“You must tell me if I did well to put Diego in the starting 11. I told you in the press conference [on Friday] I have to make the best decision for the team, and if he wasn’t ready to play, or my choice was bad, it’s my fault, not the player’s fault,” Conte said.

“He played a very good game with a good attitude. Now it’s important to rest because he used a lot of physical and mental energy. Tomorrow we have a day off and then we start to prepare for the FA Cup.”

Costa has scored 15 times in 20 games in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far.

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Chelsea will make the long trip to Liverpool in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Tuesday 31 January.

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