John Terry has praised Diego Costa after he made a successful Chelsea debut last night.
John Terry has singled summer signing, Diego Costa, out for praise after the Chelsea new-boy scored on his Premier League debut last night.
Costa netted Chelsea’s first goal of the night as they came from behind to beat Burnley 3-1 – hammering in a close-range shot to open his goalscoring account in England.
It was a thoroughly accomplished performance for the bookies’ favourites to take the title this season and their captain, Terry, identified their new £32 million as one of the key reasons for their success.
“We’ve made some very big signings,” Terry said to Sky Sports. “Diego has come in and he was great tonight. He got on the scoresheet which is a great start for him.
“We’re hoping to win the league. That’s our target this year.
“This league is going to be really tough and we’ve seen some quality at the weekend from many teams, but importantly we picked up three points and we’ll move on to the next.”
Costa’s performance was an encouraging one in his first game in England. Although he will come up against higher quality defences than the Burnley back-four, his pace and power looked a threat and his link-up play was also eye-catching.
Costa arrived in a summer of big-spending from the Stamford Bridge side. Chelsea also brought in Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis over the summer, as Jose Mourinho looked to fill the problem positions he had last season.
Luis was left on the bench for the season’s opener, but Fabregas started and was at his very best on his return to English football.
The Spaniard dictated play and claimed a wonderful assist for the Blues’ second goal of the night when he threaded through Andre Schurrle before Branislav Ivanovic added a third.
It was a display which left pundits, supporters and players purring and Terry was quick to pay testament to his side’s performance after the game.
“Some of the movement and play for the goals was different class and Cesc’s pass was probably pick of the bunch for Schurrle,” Terry added.
“It was a tough game tonight but we saw it out in the second half.”