While Diego Costa certainly ranks among one of the division’s most lethal strikers, the Spaniard achievements are more than often overshadowed by his poor disciplinary record on the pitch.
And with four yellow cards in the opening six games, that looked set to be the case this season too until Conte stepped in. Ever since Conte issued a plea imploring the striker to avoid a yellow against Leicester City, the hotheaded striker has gone a whopping SEVEN games without picking a card.
Unsurprisingly the cardless streak has coincided with Chelsea incredible run to the top of the table. Fans have been quick to note the change in the demeanour of the fiery Spaniard praising Conte for his excellent man-management skills. Check out the best tweet below:
Antonio Conte's man management has been brilliant & Diego Costa avoiding to be booked in over 7 matches testifies to that.
— ️ (@AddictedToCFC) November 27, 2016
''How Antonio Conte tamed Diego Costa'' should be studied in anger management classes #CFC
— Sidney||Goldcitizens (@sidramatic1) November 26, 2016
Costa has been one yellow card away from a suspension for ages now. No idea what Conte has done to calm him down.
— David (@TekkaBooSon) November 27, 2016
Antonio Conte knows how to control Diego Costa — he's like a lion tamer — that's his greatest feat so far.
— Daniel Tiluk (@danieltiluk) November 26, 2016
Costa going 8 games in a row without picking up a booking is absolutely ashtonishing. Conte should be knighted for this #ConteEfect
— Magic Conte! (@EliteConte) November 26, 2016
Possibly Conte's greatest achievement is scaring Costa into not being a 5th yellow card for so long
— Nyengo (@nyengo) November 28, 2016
Antonio Conte's man management has been brilliant & Diego Costa avoiding to be booked in over 7 matches testifies to that. Conte Masterclass
— Chelsea Central (@ChelsCentral) November 27, 2016