According to the latest reports, Diego Costa has already become fed up with Antonio Conte’s overly controlling style of management.
The Italian manager is without question one of the most animated figures in the Premier League this season. Marshaling the touchline for each Chelsea fixture, Conte is frequently seen gesticulating in an aggressive manner at his players.
During the Blues 3-0 win over Leicester on Saturday afternoon, despite the fact that he had already scored and seemed to be playing well, Diego Costa gave the signal to the bench that he wished to be substituted.
Many assumed that the Spanish international was trying to prevent an injury, or avoid getting himself suspended for the Manchester United clash next weekend (Costa is one booking away from a one-match ban). However, according to a report in the Mirror, Costa actually asked to be substituted as he was sick of listening to Conte roaring at him from the sideline.
Mirrorsport understands he was actually furious at what he saw as Conte’s criticism of his performance.
Star Costa, the Premier League’s leading scorer, has presented the Italian with his first big test since taking over in the summer.
Speaking about the incident after the game, Conte said that he and he alone decides when substitutions are made but, with Costa already publicly challenging his manager to this extent, it seems as if the Italian will have a big job on his hands ensuring his star striker toes the line moving forward.
“No, no. I decide, me. Everything, substitutions.”
“Always, I take the responsibility. In positive or negative situations, I take the decision to make the substitutions,” – Antonio Conte