Conte: Costa is a warrior, Terry still a leader



Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Diego Costa, saying the Spain international is "a warrior", and expressed his delight at John Terry's influence in the Blues' dressing room. "It's very good because Diego is showing the right part of him now," Conte said ahead of Chelsea's fixture with West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. "Before, it wasn't right always to say Costa showed 'bad passion'. But now he's showing the right part of his character.

Read More: Why the Number 10 Role is No More at Old Trafford. "Diego is a real warrior. He's good for the team, because it's important to have many warriors during the game. Every game is a battle - a sporting battle - and it's important to have warriors in your side. "Diego is showing his great passion, and showing that he can put his passion in the team in the best way. It's fantastic for him and for us, the team, the club and the fans. He's playing very well and we're working a lot to involve him in our play. He's improving a lot, Diego."


On Terry, who is currently out injured with a muscular problem in his buttock, Conte said: "He's still a footballer who is just injured at the moment, but he's continuing to be a leader in the changing room. "John asked me if he could come with us to Manchester City and stay with us before and during the game. That was important for me: John is our captain and you are a captain if you play or not, or if you are injured or not. "He's showing great commitment at the moment, and I'm pleased with this."

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