Chelsea star Diego Costa dominated Arsenal’s defenders mentally, claims Branislav Ivanovic

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first_imgChelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has claimed Diego Costa mentally dominated Arsenal’s defence during their 1-0 win over Arsenal.The Spain striker’s first-half goal was all it took for the Blues to run out winners at the Emirates, who were playing against ten men for most of the game after Per Mertesacker was sent off.German defender Mertesacker took down Costa with just 18 minutes gone and was deemed the last man, and Ivanovic believes his 27-year-old team-mate was key to Chelsea’s victory.He said: “Today Diego Costa was dominant mentally against the Arsenal defenders because every time he made a difference they started provoking him and, when they started kicking him, he was calm, which is good.“And he always wanted to provoke them. It’s part of Diego’s game, he is always playing this way and if you take that away from Diego he is not the same player.“He’s very smart on the pitch and always knows where the limit is. He provokes but he always stays calm and for us he’s very important.”last_img

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