Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes that the reason behind Chelsea’s poor start to the season was that the players returned to pre-season training too relaxed and not the fault of manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea who won the Premier League by eight points last season have struggled to replicate their last term scintillating run in the current campaign, placing 12th after nine games having lost four times already.
Costa who has also struggled with consistency in finding the back of the net in an exclusive chat with Soccer AM’s Tubes says Chelsea’s playing staff have been too “relaxed” and must take the blame for their slow start to the Premier League season.
“I think we are to blame, the players. Like I’ve been saying we came back too relaxed and thinking we were going to win it again like last season.
“I think the other teams got stronger and we have to take a further step in terms of quality and effort as a group.”
Costa was hit with a three-match ban earlier this season after being found guilty of violent conduct during a 2-0 win over Arsenal in September.
But when asked if he played better when he is angry, he insisted he thrives when he feels the adoration of his own supporters, as much as the wrath of the opposition.