Chelsea striker Diego Costa has told the club’s official website that winning the Premier League title was his aim this season rather than leading the scoring charts.
Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge boasting a formidable goal-scoring record on the continent, netting 36 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions last season for Los Colchoneros.
The 26-year-old began life in the Premier League with ease, scoring seven league goals in his first four matches as the West London outfit established an early lead at the top of the table.
The goals have continued to flow for Costa as he now sits on 15 league goals for the season, leading the Premier League scoring charts, but that appears to play second fiddle to his primary season objective.
During an interview with the club’s official website, Costa said that he has enjoyed finding the net with regularity but assured that his main aim upon joining the club in the summer was to win the league.
“Fifteen goals is a good mark and I hope to improve it, but more important than my goals is the team is winning,” he explained to Chelseafc.com. “Of course it is nice to be the topscorer but when I came here my aim was to win the league.
“The most important thing is the club going well, like we did in the other leagues I played in, and it would be nice at the end of the season to see the team doing well as well as the individual.”
Costa’s wish to end the season as a Premier League winner appears a good bet at this stage of the season, as the Blues hold a two-point advantage over Manchester City at the top of the table.
This weekend, Mourinho’s men visit Swansea City in a bid to improve a stuttering away form which has seen them win just twice on their previous seven travels.