Chelsea kicked off their 2014/15 campaign in superb style at Turf Moor, running out 3-1 winners against newly promoted Burnley on Monday.
He certainly did that and more, taking just 17 minutes to get on the scoresheet after Scott Arfield’s opener had given the hosts the lead, as the Daily Telegraph’s Henry Winter revealed:
It was a case of being at the right place at the right time for Costa, who slammed the ball home with his left foot after Jason Shackell almost turned into his own net, per Bleacher Report UK:
Well, the Burnley party didn’t last long. Enter: Diego Costa. New Chelsea man gets his first Premier League goal: https://t.co/3xUfKh5kFX— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) August 18, 2014
While Costa’s brilliance on the ball earned him praise across social media, England cricketer Alex Hales couldn’t help but notice his, let’s say, seasoned appearance:
Diego Costa is 25?! I'm no portrait but that's a tough paper round.....— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) August 18, 2014
The Spaniard then found himself in the heart of a controversial moment after being judged to have dived in the area in the bid for a penalty.
Costa latched onto Ben Mee’s sloppy back pass towards Ben Heaton, and the goalkeeper looked to have brought the 25-year-old down—as Sky Sports MNF’s image shows:
However, despite the seemingly clear contact, referee Michael Oliver reached into his pocket and handed Costa a yellow card—something that the Mirror’s Oliver Holt considered a little harsh:
Costa very unlucky to be carded. Should have been a pen— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) August 18, 2014
Indeed it was, but the damage was done from Costa, who got his Chelsea career off to a winning start as the Blues closed the game out 3-1.
The second half was more about the Blues defending their lead rather than pushing for more goals, but whenever Costa got on the ball, he looked like he was causing the Burnley defence problems.
When the striker arrived at Stamford Bridge, people questioned just how big an impact he’d have in the not-so-glamorous affairs. However, he certainly answered those critics, as former Chelsea player Billy Clifford remarked upon:
Could he do it on a cold Monday night in Burnley they said #DiegoCosta— Billy Clifford (@Bclifford47) August 18, 2014
Overall, it was a satisfying day for Costa, who proved that Chelsea’s goal-shy days are well and truly over now that he’s in blue.
The club’s official Twitter account was quick to praise their new man up front, while also mentioning fellow debutants Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas:
A satisfying day all round with encouraging debuts from Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois and the mercurial Cesc Fabregas. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 18, 2014
It’s early days, but the way that Chelsea moved the ball around and dominated Burnley gave them the look of an unstoppable force.
With Costa performing well and looking to be finding the net every time that he gets on the ball, it’s safe to say that the Blues are well on their way to redeem the trophy-less campaign of 2013/14.