Ahead of Super Sunday clash, Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists he stays thankful to Jose Mourinho regardless of the coach ways as he gets ready for another tussle with Manchester United.
Mourinho brought Costa to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014 and the Spain international reimbursed that confidence by firing the Blues to the Premier League crown in his first season in England’s top flight.
But, a loathsome title defence took after, with Mourinho sacked as Chelsea staggered towards the relegation zone in December 2015 and Costa was one of the senior players to seriously fail to meet expectations in the midst of rumours that cause the dressing room unrest.
However, the Spanish striker was back to his top form toward the begin of this season under Antonio Conte, building up an overwhelming position at the top of the EPL that they seem improbable to give up.
The Blues two wins over Manchester United in the league and FA Cup this season have been irritable challenging affairs for the Red Devils, with Mourinho having a row with Conte on the touchline and getting under the skin of the Stamford Bridge faithful
Meanwhile, Costa keeps huge regard for Mourinho, as he gives credit to the Portuguese man for being the sole reason for him coming to England
“In all honesty, I always tell people I am grateful to Mourinho because he helped me a lot,” he told Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s meeting at Old Trafford.
“As a player when you want to improve you always look for the best coach and Mourinho is one of the best.
“I wanted to come to Chelsea because of Mourinho. When I considered Chelsea I thought about the fact that Mourinho was here.
“He is a coach that demands a lot from his players, he wants the maximum.
“He helped me a lot and then what happened is that the following season didn’t go well, these things happen, but the truth is that Mourinho helped me a lot to improve as a player.”