Costa says Conte wouldn’t last a season at Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has opined that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s management style is suspicious and is preventing him from establishing himself as a top manager. Costa played under Conte at Chelsea in the 2016/17 season, scoring 20 goals in the Italian’s Premier League title-winning debut season at Stamford Bridge.

However, they fell out after Conte told Costa that he wasn’t part of his plans for the 2017/18 season, and this was believed to be due to Costa’s attempt to leave Chelsea in January of the previous season for the highly lucrative Chinese Super League.

The Spain international was finally sold back to Atletico Madrid in September in January 2018. It was not long before Conte was also shown the exit door from Chelsea, although he ensured that Chelsea emerged as FA Cup winners in that season. Regardless, Costa has insisted that he has no issues with Conte but noted that the Italian needs to work on his personal touch.

“We [Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager,” Costa told ESPN. “I have no hard feelings towards Conte.

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“But to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season.”

Costa then went on to speak about Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach Felipe Scolari, claiming that he overlooked him for the Brazil national team, hence his decision to represent Spain.

“After the friendly against Russia, he said he would call me up again because I hadn’t played many minutes,” Costa, 31, said. “I think it was just to get in my head.

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“I remember several forwards were injured but Scolari would not select me. I stayed quiet, but wasn’t selected for the Confederations Cup. The possibility of Spain emerged and I accepted.

“How could I say no? Suddenly, they started saying Scolari wanted me. Well, he never called me once. How could it be that he wanted me? I then saw it written that I had ruined the dreams of millions of Brazilians.

“Why not say that he didn’t look for me? Then it’s simple.”

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