Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hailed Diego Costa’s performance for victory at Stoke City.

He tussled with several players in red and white and was booked as early as the 16th minute having theatrically thrown himself to the floor and then vented his anger at referee Anthony Taylor when he did not get a free-kick.

Conte credited his combustible forward for managing to keep his cool from that point when boiling point looked inevitable.

“To try to bring a player to be angry and then to react, to commit another foul – it’s normal,” Conte added of Stoke’s tactics.

“The great news is that Diego is showing to be a great player also in this aspect. I know that in the past sometimes he received two yellow cards or he finished before the game but in this season I have to be pleased for him, for his behaviour.”

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