aEvery setback, every fight, every goal. This is Costa uncovereda a Graham Hunter Summer 2014. Diego Costa has arrived for his first day as a Chelsea player and he has something he wants to say to his new team-mates. Heas been practising a single, short sentence. Actually, a mission statement: aI go to war a you come with me.a In The Art of War, Fran GuillAcn retraces every step of Costaas brutal, exhilarating journey: from street footballer in his home city of Lagarto, north-east Brazil, to La Liga winner at AtlActico Madrid, through loan spells at Celta Vigo, Albacete, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, and finally to Premier League champion with Chelsea in 2015. Through exclusive interviews with coaches, team-mates, agents and friends, Spanish journalist GuillAcn uncovers the inside story of Costaas arrival in Portugal as a 17 year old and his move to AtlActico Madrid where, under Diego Simeone, the playeras goalscoring finally started to eclipse his fearsome reputation and saw his emergence as one of the worldas greatest strikers. Then in 2014 Costa made the shock decision to defect from the Brazilian side and play for Spain in the World Cup. After a disastrous tournament, Costa joined Jose Mourinhoas Chelsea and immediately dispelled the ghosts of Brazil by taking the Premier League by storm in an indomitable debut season at Stamford Bridge. This is an inspiring and insightful portrait of English footballas new superstar. Letas go to war.He would get distracted and, if wea#39;d been told to do an exercise twice, hea#39;d end up doing it three times. ... Not only did it open up a place for one more nonEU player, but it also brought in money to ease the pressure for other transfers. However, GarcAsa Pitarch recalls there was still much debate about the wisdom of retaining a nonEU player to play backup to the ... AtlActico a the previous seasona#39;s Europa League champions a defeated the Champions League winners from Italy throughanbsp;...
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