|Costa and Chelsea teammates celebrating a goal.|
Antonio Conte insists he would not swap Diego Costa for Romelu Lukaku,
despite continued speculation Everton’s Belgium hitman could return to
Chelsea this summer.
Chelsea face Everton at Goodison Park on
Sunday with the chance to rubber-stamp Champions League qualification
and edge ever closer to the Premier League title.
striker Lukaku tops the Premier League scoring charts with 24 goals,
while Chelsea talisman Costa has struck 19 times in league action.y
boss Conte remained coy about comparisons between the two prolific
forwards, but admitted the Blues must pay heed to Lukaku’s powers on
Asked if he would rather have Costa or Lukaku, Conte
replied: ‘As I’ve said before, for me my players are the best in the
‘I wouldn’t change my players with any other players. I
think that Lukaku for sure is a really good player, he’s scoring a lot
of goals this season.
‘You have to pay him great attention but
it’s always the same, we study the opponent and we try to find the best
solution to stop them, about single players and about the team.
we must pay great attention to Lukaku, but also Everton’s other
players. They have a lot of good players with good technique.’