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Filipe Luis believes “animal” Diego Costa was Chelsea’s best player during his time at Stamford Bridge and admitted the striker’s absence from Atletico Madrid’s Champions League tie with Antonio Conte’s side on Tuesday will be a blow to the Spanish side.
Costa’s time in west London ended on a negative note, felling out with coach Antonio Conte last summer. The striker cannot play for Los Rojiblancos until January, due to Atletico’s transfer ban. And Luis admitted not having Costa available for the club’s crunch Group C Champions League clash with Chelsea is a hammer blow to Atletico.
“Diego is a huge player,” former Chelsea left-back Luis told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “Best player for me [at Chelsea] is him. Because he scores a lot of goals and important goals. I think he came back to Atletico because Chelsea couldn’t keep him because it’s his desire. He really wanted to come back to Atletico.”
Antonio Conte expects Antoine Griezmann to provide Chelsea a stern test when they face Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Griezmann scored in the crucial 2-0 win over Roma on matchday five of the Champions League group stage.
Griezmann’s return to form made Conte admits he is “a fantastic player”. “The situation has changed,” Conte told a news conference. “Three games ago, there was a Griezmann problem because he didn’t score. Now he’s scoring. Griezmann is a top player, a fantastic player. Playing in a great team and showing he is a top player. We must pay great attention not only to him but to all the players.”
“In this case, it’s important to look at ourselves,” he said. “The Champions League is a great tournament, the best and every team wants to go to the next round. In this case, our group is very tough because Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma and don’t forget Qarabag.