"He's a smashing centre-forward, a fine footballer and also from the tough physical tradition that I loved playing against. You know where you stand with Costa, just as I knew what was going on when up against John Fashanu, Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer or Ian Dowie.
"They'd give you a slap or an elbow early on, not designed to injure you, of course, but just a belt that said 'I'm here'. And of course you then had free rein to give one back and it went on from there - a proper physical contest between professionals.
"Costa's like that too, but it pains me to say, as a Chelsea fan since boyhood, that the striker went over the line in the League Cup semi-final."
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