Chelsea forward Diego Costa has revealed he missed his rivalry against Pepe and Sergio Ramos in La Liga.
The Spaniard spent seven seasons with Atletico Madrid before making a move to England. The 28-year-old has netted 64 goals for the Spanish side.
The Spain international has been in blistering form this season and almost single handedly has put Chelsea on top of the table.
Costa scored his 13th goal of the season to give Chelsea their 11th win as they rallied on to beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 but he won’t be available against Bournemouth after accumulating five yellow cards.
Costa said they he used to relish his encounters with the two Real Madrid defenders. “I used to love the games against Real Madrid and the chance to face Pepe and Ramos,
“It was a good battle, where we always had trouble and sparks were flying.
“I can guarantee that they used to love them for the same reasons!
“We went out on the pitch knowing that they would be intense games but the important thing was that there was loyalty. They went out hard, I did too, but without being disloyal.
And the games against them always had friction: some sort of insult, some kicking. But after the end of the game, we would always greet each other without any problems.
“Now, with Ramos, we’re team-mates with the national team and we’re always joking that I can’t do it anymore.”
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