Chelsea’s Gary Cahill discusses why Diego Costa has been a success

Gary Cahill has praised Diego Costa, whom he calls a ‘complete player’.

The Spanish international striker put in a top-class performance for the Blues on Tuesday evening, leading the line as Chelsea overcame Liverpool to qualify for the League Cup Final, and Gary Cahill has praised his abilities to talkSPORT.

Although failing to find the back of the net, the 26-year-old ran Liverpool’s defence ragged, but could be considered lucky to have still been on the pitch at the end of the game. Two illegal stamps on Martin Skrtel and Emre Can showed the negative side of his game, and it is a part of his game that has divided opinion since his transfer to England.

Of all the players in the Premier League, there is none that divides opinion as much as Costa, but none can deny that he is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the Premier League at the current moment in time. He has netted 17 goals in just 19 games for the league leaders, and has put fear in the defences of all the top flight clubs. It looks like he may miss a number of games through suspension, and, although Loic Remy and Didier Drogba are adequate replacements, the Blues will miss his exquisite striking play.

Having faced Costa last season, when Chelsea played Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, they were well aware of his strengths prior to signing him, and central defender Gary Cahill has praised his physical play, claiming that the nasty side of his game will not change, as it is one of his key strengths.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Cahill said: “I played against him before he even came to the club when we played Atletico Madrid over two legs in the semi-final and he is a physical guy who is a handful to play against as a defender. He is a very physical guy, that is just the way he plays, and that is why he has adapted so well to the Premier League.

“People have seen how good he is as a target man, bringing people into the game, but also how good he is with his feet. He is a very skilful forward and has scored a lot of very good goals for us up to now. He is a complete player.

“I don’t think you can change the way some players play and it is one of his strengths, obviously channelled in the right direction. And 99 per cent of the time it is.”

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