West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna will be having an eye on Spaniard, Diego Costa once he is in the Chelsea squad for Wednesday’s League Cup clash.
The Hammers will be hosting the Blues on Wednesday at the last-16 stage of the competition having already met in the league opener back in August.
Chelsea ran out as 2-1 victors at Stamford Bridge to give Antonio Conte a winning start to his reign, with Costa netting a dramatic late goal after avoiding a second yellow card for a rash challenge on West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.
Ogbonna feels West Ham will be wiser to Costa’s style of play this time around and knows stopping him will be key to their chances of success at London Stadium.
“We know Costa,” defender Ogbonna, who played under Conte at Juventus, told the Mirror.
“Every time we play him we have to be careful. We have played him already. Everybody knows Costa. He has a high behaviour. On the pitch he tries to make something to change the game.
“Sometimes if we do something as defenders, it’s bigger than it is if a striker does it. A striker can do whatever he wants.
“A defender has to be careful, maybe clever. This is the game. I think whoever is more clever can win!”
Both West Ham and Chelsea won their respective weekend League games going into Wednesday’s tie.