With the personality clash becoming ever more acrimonious, Costa spent the last months of his time at Stamford Bridge in Brazil.
"That has given us the chance to compete well". Chelsea travel to Stoke City this afternoon and will be hoping to put the disappointment of last week's draw with Arsenal behind them. Atleti opened their Wanda Metropolitano stadium this season and it will be his first visit following their move from the Vicente Calderon. It is not easy to win away games against Stoke, this game is always hard. And we have to push till the end of the season.
Regarding his in-form striker, the former Juve boss added: "I think Alvaro performed very well. This game is always hard", added Conte, whose side trail leaders Manchester City and Manchester United by three points.
"I couldn't get my head around the last couple of weeks with so-called experts of the game have said it's going to be a title race between the two Manchester clubs", Sinclair said on Chelsea TV.
One of the standout performers of the weekend, Morata's showing earned him a Pressure Index score of 91, seeing him become Chelsea's only player in the Pressure Index top 15 for the season so far.
"I have special affection for the people at Chelsea. If we want to close that gap, we need to try and win next week".
"We want to thank him for what he did with this club", Conte said ahead of Saturday's Premier League match away to Stoke City.
Indeed, Conte even predicted the 24-year-old was a player he could work with "for the next 10 years".
Conte was not the only one who praised the Spanish striker, as Stoke manager Mark Hughes said at the press conference.
There was always the possibility of the huge expectation weighing him down, but the manager's repeated expression of confidence is surely a major factor that is keeping the striker grounded.