Costa ‘really happy’ with victory over former club

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Veteran striker Diego Costa has admitted that he was “really happy” following Wolves’ impressive 1-0 win over his former club Chelsea on Saturday.

The Spanish centre-forward combined well with fellow attacker Matheus Cunha at Molineux at the weekend and the pair caused numerous problems for the Chelsea defence throughout.

Costa earned his first start in the Premier League since January with his runout against the Blues and the 34-year-old will be determined to hang on to his spot in Julen Lopetegui’s XI for as long as possible.

Costa relishes victory over Chelsea

In conversation with Wolves’ official website this week, Costa revealed how happy he was with Wanderers’ narrow triumph over the Blues, saying:

“It was a very important victory. Our opponents Chelsea are a great team and we are in a situation that is not too comfortable, so it was very important to take something positive and I’m really very happy.”

“It’s always a different sensation [to play against your former team]. It’s a team where I lived the best moments of my professional career but I was very keen to beat them, with the situation we’re in.”

Costa also insisted that Wolves should have more than enough quality to beat the drop this season.

“With the players that we have it would be extremely painful if we were relegated. We have top quality players, very important ones, and we should stay in the Premier League, that’s why Saturday’s victory was so important.

“But we need to start thinking on the next match which are three more points and getting them would allow us to be a bit more comfortable to be more relaxed on the following matches.”

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Competition for places tough at Molineux

Diego Costa enjoyed his first Premier League start since Wolves’ draw with Aston Villa on January 4th when he was selected from the off against Chelsea on Saturday, and the experienced campaigner discussed one of his competitors for a starting berth up front, Raul Jimenez, saying:

“He’s a very important player who had been featuring a lot and he will be important. This match he didn’t play but the next one he could be a starter because he’s a player who provides a lot of assets for us.”

Wolves’ issues in the final third have been well-documented this season and Costa, along with Jimenez, is part of a misfiring set of forwards still waiting to make an impact in the Premier League.

Winger Daniel Podence is the club’s leading marksman in the division this term, though Costa has yet to open his account in the top tier since his switch to the Midlands. The usually reliable Jimenez meanwhile, isn’t off the mark either following a season marred by injuries.

Brazilian Matheus Cunha has notched just once in 11 appearances, while Pablo Sarabia has rattled the net just once in six starts since his move from PSG in January.

Wolves supporters will be desperate for their attackers to produce more with Premier League fixtures against Brentford (H), Leicester (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Brighton (A) on the horizon before the end of April.

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