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Azpilicueta pleased with delayed Costa reunion

Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea’s shuttle to Atletico Madrid will likely be more uncomplicated with Diego Costa now not but to be had for the Spanish aspect.

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Diego Costa, quickly to go back to Atletico Madrid

Cesar Azpilicueta is thrilled to not be lining up in opposition to former team-mate Diego Costa in Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League conflict with Atletico Madrid.

Costa finished an emotional go back to Atleti – whom he joined Chelsea from in 2014 – final week following a arguable shut season, however isn’t eligible to play till January.

The striker, having powered his aspect to the Premier League name final season, did not safe a transfer right through the switch window in spite of being deemed surplus to necessities at Stamford Bridge.

However, he’s now again within the Spanish capital – and Azpilicueta wanted him smartly, the entire whilst admitting he’s pleased to not be taking him on on the Wanda Metropolitano.

He stated: “I used to be fortunate sufficient to have performed with Diego Costa with Chelsea and Spain, the place I am hoping to satisfy him once more very quickly.

“He’s now determined to modify, so highest of success to him. He used to be vital to Chelsea whilst he used to be there, however now he is moved on.

“We need to deal with out him. Obviously, to not play the following day with Diego in Atletico is healthier for us.

“As I said before, I played with him for two years, we’re Spanish team-mates, and he’s a top striker. Not to play against him is a little advantage for us.”

Any heartache amongst Chelsea lovers at Costa’s loss has been offset by means of Alvaro Morata’s flying begin to lifestyles in England.

The striker has netted six league objectives already for the London membership – and Azpilicueta is understandably thrilled to peer his fast acclimatisation.

He added: “Well, I feel he has tailored truly smartly to our staff, to the way in which we play since he got here. His need to accomplish, to be a large a part of the staff, has been massive. 

“I do know the paintings he has been doing. He were given the rewards that each and every striker needs: he is scored six objectives.

“I’ve tried to help him since he came to London, on and off the pitch, and I’m happy for him because the work he’s been doing… he’s scoring goals, and that’s the main thing for him.”

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