Diego Costa aims thinly-veiled dig at Man United boss Jose Mourinho

Diego Costa aims a thinly veiled dig at new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho...

Diego Costa has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Jose Mourinho following the arrival of Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Mourinho was sacked by the Blues back in December 2015 after a dismal run of form left the west London side languishing closer to the relegation zone than the top of the Premier League.

The Portuguese coach was soon appointed as Manchester United’s new manager following the sacking of Louis van Gaal back in May of last year.

Conte has been appointed as Chelsea’s new manager and the Italian coach has had an instant impact at Stamford Bridge following his arrival from Juventus.

The Blues are flying high at the top of the Premier League table and have been installed as the favourites to win the top-flight trophy this season.

And Costa has delivered his verdict on Conte’s start at Chelsea, appearing to make a point about new Manchester United boss Mourinho.

Costa is quoted as saying by Metro: “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.

“We have had a change of manager, he is working us hard, but people like him, which is important for everyone connected to the club because it creates a good atmosphere.

“Sometimes you have managers that have to be the boss, but this manager is a bit friendlier and there is closeness there

“It is really important to have that at your workplace for you to come in and feel happy. You need a good atmosphere and a bit of fun.

“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.

“We are a family, we spend so much time together, we have to do things that bring us closer together because if not, everything will be too regimented, too professional and I don’t like that, it’s not for me.”

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