Hiddink urges Costa to stay angry

The Spain international has history against Arsenal, having been banned for three matches for violent conduct last season, but his manager has praised the controversial striker
Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink insists Diego Costa must not change his aggressive style, as he prefers his players to be passionate.

Spain international Costa is certain to be at the centre of the action again when Chelsea visit rivals Arsenal on Sunday, with the 27-year-old banned for three matches for violent conduct after the previous clash between the teams in September.

But Hiddink maintains he has no problem with Costa's behaviour on the pitch, and has also lauded the forward's attitude off the pitch.

"I'd prefer to have players who, sometimes, you have to control or tell them 'a little bit less' than have to push them," he said.

"Sometimes you are misjudged by images. Off the pitch, they seem to be the most vulnerable figures. He shows a lot of joy to everyone.


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"I observe the players when they are in the canteen, dealing with people who prepare the pitches, not snobby or arrogant - that's good to see.

"They're different characters off the pitch. On the pitch they have that desperate will to win, almost at any cost. That's a slight change in character and behaviour."

Costa has scored seven Premier League goals this season as Chelsea sit 14th in the table after 22 games, and Hiddink believes a win over the Gunners could kick-start their campaign.

"This club is used to thinking about being top three or four in England," the Dutchman said.

"Winning these games might bring confidence to the club and the team to ask, ‘hey, where do we belong?’ And think about why this team has fallen so deeply in the recent period."