Diego Costa has revealed he enjoyed playing against Real Madrid while he has at Atletico because of the "battle" with Sergio Ramos and Pepe. The Brazil-born striker, who spent seven years at the Vincente Caledron before sealing a move to Stamford Bridge in 2014, said he relished vying with centre-back duo Ramos and Pepe. "I used to love the games against Real Madrid and the chance to face Pepe and Ramos," the Chelsea forward told Sport TV. "It was a good battle, where we always had trouble and sparks were flying.
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"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."