Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates with his mates after scoring his 17th goal of the season in Chelsea's win at West Ham.
EPL TOP GOAL SCORERS: DIEGO COSTA
Premier League Top Goal Scorers: Diego Costa
Of note is that two of the top goal scorers in the Premier League - Diego Costa and Eden Hazard - both play for league leaders Chelsea. This season Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Romelu Lukaku, Everton; Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal; Diego Costa, Chelsea; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United; Jermain Defoe, Sunderland; Dele Ali, Tottenham Hotspur; Kun Aguero, Manchester City; Sadio Mane, Liverpool; and Eden Hazard, Chelsea are the top 10 goal scorers to date in the England Premier League. Chelsea’s top goal scorers this season to date are Diego Costa with 17 goals and Eden Hazard with 11 goals. Chelsea is still in first place on the 2016-17 England Premier League Table. Tottenham Hotspur is in second, Manchester City is in third, Arsenal is in fourth, Liverpool is in fifth, Manchester United in in sixth, and Everton is in seventh.
Premier League: West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea
West Ham goal: Manuel Lanzini 90 +1:51
Chelsea goals: Eden Hazard 25, Diego Costa 50
Chelsea defeated West Ham and moved ahead 10 points clear at the top of EPL Table due to goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. The win ensures Conte’s side have a ten-point lead going into the final 12 EPL matches of the 2016-17 campaign. Only a fall of epic proportions will see the title go to another club in May.
Hazard opened the match scoring for the Blues at 25’. Chelsea doubled their lead after the break when Diego Costa converted Cesc Fabregas’ corner, ambitious for all three points. Manuel Lanzini scored a consolation goal for West Ham United in injury-time.
After the victory, the Blue’s top goal-scorer Diego Costa has warned his Chelsea teammates against falling into complacency as they look to wrap up the Premier League silverware. By beating London rivals West Ham 2-1 the Blues restored their 10-point advantage over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. With eleven league games remaining, Antonio Conte’s side are the favorites to win the title, however Costa insists nothing is guaranteed at the point.
“We can’t go onto the pitch with the mind-set of thinking we’re champions already - that we have the title wrapped up,” said Costa. ”There’s still a long way to go. We do have a good advantage but we have to keep doing what we’re doing. We just have to try and keep winning and take it one step at a time.”
Chelsea’s prolific striker Diego Costa said that his training-round row with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte earlier in the season was "nothing," saying he is fully focused on winning the Premier League. Reportedly Costa had been dropped from the squad to play Leicester City in January after a heated argument with Conte over a back injury. The incident happened days after a lucrative approach from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian but Costa was back to the starting lineup, scoring on his return against Hull City the following weekend. Tianjin later confirmed that Chelsea's unwillingness to consider offers had killed any potential deal.
"It was nothing," Costa said about the row after he had scored in Chelsea's 2-1 win at West Ham on Monday. People here [in England] make up a lot of stuff. Things happen, but I'm showing now that there's nothing to it. I'm playing and scoring goals, and that's the important thing. Everyone knows that anything I say has bigger repercussions than what it was. The manager is someone who works us really hard in training. He's got his personality just like I've got mine and others have theirs, but the important thing is to show your personality in a way that benefits the team. This is what's happening. Everyone is on the same page and that's the way we have to go."
Costa said the win at West Ham revealed the difference in playing West Ham since their move to the London Stadium from Upton Park at the start of this season.
"They were always a difficult team to play in their old ground,” said Costa. “It was always a tough game. When they come to a bigger pitch, with the crowd further from the players, maybe they don't feel the same heat from the crowd. For us or other teams that come here it's almost like coming to a neutral ground, because no one's used to be playing here. It's more equal."
Chelsea has a massive10-point lead at the top of the Premier League with 11 matches remaining, but Costa warned about being over-confident.
"There's still a long way to go. We do have a good advantage but we have to keep doing what we're doing. We just have to try and keep winning and take it one step at a time," said Costa.
Chelsea superstar Brazilian midfielder David Luiz put in a solid display and was a key player in the Blues 2-1 win over London rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening. According to former Chelsea player Frank Lampard, Luiz is the best center-half currently competing in the England Premier League. The defender spent three years at Stamford Bridge between 2011 - 2014 before joining Paris Saint-Germain for £50million. Chelsea brought him back to west London for £34m last summer. Since then the 29-year-old has been a mainstay in Antonio Conte’s Blues’ side this term, helping Chelsea in their ambitious title race.
“He’s matured, he was a very good player before he left for PSG,” said Lampard. “His defensive work has been brilliant, he’s certainly improved and grown up as a man. He’s probably the best centre-half in the league right now.”
With the league title looking pretty much wrapped up by Chelsea this season, attention is already on the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award. Chelsea’s stunning defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante is strongly in the running after playing in all but one of the side’s clashes this term giving Conte’s side just what they needed to win. Perhaps Kante deserves the Player of the Year award alongside his second Premier League medal. Kante was overlooked in favor of Riyad Mahrez for the award last season and ended up in third behind Jamie Vardy after the Foxes’ historic fairy-tale campaign. This season team-mates Hazard and Diego Costa are also top favortes along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Feghouli, Lanzini, Snodgrass; Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Collins, Masuaku, Byram, Fernandes, Ayew, Calleri.
Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Full Name: Diego da Silva Costa
Club: Chelsea, Spain
Born: October 7, 1988
Place of Birth: Lagardo, Sergipe, Brazil
Nationality: Brazil, Spain
Position (s): Forward
Manager: Antonio Conte
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Nicknames: The Blues
Leagues & Cups: England Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup
March 6 English Premier League West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea at Olympic Stadium London - London, United Kingdom
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PFA Player of the Year Award Shortlist
PFA Player of the Year Award Shortlist - Men
Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie
PFA Young Player of the Year Award Shortlist
Gareth Bale, Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere
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Gemma Davison, Toni Duggan, Jessica Fishlock, Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor
Suarez has been honored by the PFA to selection on the Player of the Year Award shortlist through acknowledgement by his peers
There are some eyebrows raised by the selection of Suarez - not due to his goal scoring skills, but because of his conduct on the pitch in the past.
Suárez has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. However, previously his reputation was damaged by an eight-match ban he received for racially abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield last season. And his handball denied Ghana an appearance in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals. In the past Suarez has been accused of diving.
If Suárez wins the award on April 28, it may put the PFA in an uncomfortable position given his background.
Suárez's rivals for the award are Gareth Bale, who has also been nominated in the Young Player category, Robin van Persie, who won it last season before leaving Arsenal for Manchester United, Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), and Juan Mata (Chelsea).
Surprisingly there are no defenders or goalkeepers on the list; no nominations from holders Manchester City; and star Swansea forward Michu is missing from the list. Welbeck, Wilshere and Carrick are the only English players out of the 12 men nominated. For the first time, there will be a Women's Player of the Year prize too, with Scotland's Kim Little among those nominated.
PFA chief executive, Gordon Taylor, yesterday defended the inclusion of Luis Suárez on the six-man shortlist. The footballers are shortlisted on the basis of votes cast by their fellow professionals.
Taylor thinks the Uruguayan's match performances, including 29 goals for Liverpool this campaign, make him worthy of inclusion.
"Sometimes controversy travels with players," said Taylor. "Sometimes it is in their very nature. Sometimes it is that very intensity that causes a problem also makes sure they win.
"Luis Suárez is helping to restore Liverpool. It is a credit to them that he seems comfortable there and no one could deny he is one of the finest players in the world."
"It is very difficult at times," said Taylor. "Players are expected to be top role models and set the finest example. That goes with the trade these days.
"I don't underestimate the need for them to do all they can to be seen as a good example. But they are also human beings. It is not always possible to put old heads on relatively young shoulders.
"This is a footballing award and Suárez's footballing ability shines through. It would be naive to think controversy won't continue to travel with him. But I think his football has maintained his place."
Suárez's manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, thinks Suarez deserves the award.
"It is great for Luis and a mark of the team. I'm sure he will be the first to recognize the great support he has from the players around him. He has been absolutely outstanding this season. You can only judge these things on football and I am sure he is one of the favorites to win it."
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