Eden Hazard highlights Diego Costa’s biggest strengths

Eden Hazard has praised the work rate and spirit of Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa.

Costa put in an excellent performance for the Blues on Tuesday evening, and Eden Hazard has discussed the qualities the Spanish striker possesses with the Standard.

26-year-old Costa led the line in the second leg of the Blues League Cup semi-final with Liverpool, and, although he failed to score, his work rate in the final third was imperative in Jose Mourinho’s game-plan. However, the former Atletico Madrid forward also showed the negative part of his game, with a number of off-the-ball incidents with Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard making it implausible to think he was still on the pitch when the game ended.

His fighting spirit and desire to go over the edge for the good of his team is one of the reasons Costa has become such a incendiary figure since his move to the Premier League. Both loved and hated by fans of every team, he seems to embody everything that Mourinho wants in a player, and Eden Hazard has admitted that playing alongside Costa makes you want to improve yourself to reach his level.

Although not the most talented player in the squad, he undoubtedly works the hardest, and Belgian international Hazard believes that ever player wants to emulate his desire and passion on the field of play.

Asked by the Standard if the Spanish striker motivates every Chelsea player, Hazard responded: “Yes, yes, yes. When you play with this guy, you have to give everything. You can see in every action and for every ball, he gives his life.

“Even if he didn’t score against Liverpool, he gave his life. For us, for the players, when you play with him, it’s very good. In training he is a little different but in the game he is very good. He never stops. He had a very good mentality against Liverpool. We need him because he can score every minute, every second. He did very well.”

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