John Terry has congratulated Chelsea new-boy, Diego Costa, after the striker netted twice on his Stamford Bridge debut last night.
The £32 million signing has been impressive during the Blues pre-season so far and in their final non-competitive match of the season, against Real Sociedad, he continued his fine form by bagging both of Chelsea’s goals in their 2-0 victory.
It was a win and a performance which has only seen the anticipation around the new season at Stamford Bridge grow and Terry was quick to praise Costa for his goalscoring exploits on social media site, Instagram.
He posted a picture of his shirt in the dressing room, which can be seen above, with the caption: “Great win and performance tonight. Great to be back at the Bridge and thank you for a great reception. Well done to Diego Costa for his two goals.”
It rounds off an what has been an excellent period of preparation for Costa, as he readies himself for his first campaign in England.
He is under pressure to perform following the large fee that Chelsea paid for him over the summer to prise him away from Atletico Madrid and given the fact that the Blues sold Romelu Lukaku.
Many expected Costa and Lukaku to battle it out for the starting berth up-front at Stamford Bridge this season, but Jose Mourinho has seemingly placed a lot of confidence in the Brazilian born striker to adapt to the English game quickly and fire in the goals by selling Lukaku to Everton.
Costa’s main competition comes from Fernando Torres, who has faltered over recent years, and Didier Drogba, who is ageing, meaning he should have a monopoly of the Blues’ striking spot.
If he can find the goals which he did last season in La Liga – where he notched 27 times – it will surely be the missing piece of Chelsea’s jigsaw.
Mourinho’s side struggled for a potent outlet up-front last season and it stopped them winning the Premier League title, but with a proving scorer at the top level spearheading their attack this campaign they are widely expected to go one better.