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Shearer says: “Chelsea have still got the issue of how to control or manage Diego Costa”

| 11.09.2016
SPORTSBOOK ODDS

Ahead of Swasnea v Chelsea, the Premier League offering from this weekend’s Super Sunday, Coral football ambassador Alan Shearer spoke exclusively to our own John Hill about new Blues boss Antonio Conte and temperamental Stamford Bridge striker Diego Costa.

Conte “not afraid to make big decisions”

Shearer says he has been impressed by the start made to Premier League life by ex-Italy and Juventus boss Conte, praising his courage to make bold selections and highlighting how Chelsea may have an edge over their title rivals.

“I love his antics on the touchline,” Shearer said. “He’s much like [Jurgen] Klopp, very animated. He’s not afraid to make big decisions, having left [Cesc] Fabregas out, but that has been justified by the results that Chelsea have had.

“[They’ve got] three wins out of three without being spectacular,” Shearer continued of Chelsea. “Much like Liverpool, I think they’ll benefit from no European football this year as the season goes on. I don’t think they’ll be that far away [from the Premier League title].”

Boundary-pushing Costa “will have one or two suspensions”

Despite previously backing the Blues’ star striker Costa over his physical style, Shearer feels that the Brazil-born Spain frontman shall inevitably pick up bans.

Coral football ambassador Alan Shearer feels there are some issues about Chelsea striker Diego Costa (left) and his style of play ahead of their trip to Swansea City.

Coral football ambassador Alan Shearer feels there are some issues about Chelsea striker Diego Costa (left) and his style of play ahead of their trip to Swansea City.

“They’ve still got the issue of how to control or manage Costa,” Shearer added. “He doesn’t seem to be wanting to change, [but] he’s a key player for them.

“I think at times because of the way he plays, the way he pushes the boundaries, then he will have one or two suspensions. When he’s in the right mood as we know, he will score goals and he will be a real handful.”

Shearer also had a word or two to say about Chelsea’s hosts Swansea, but he feels it will be a difficult campaign for the Liberty Stadium side.

“I think they are in for a long, hard season,” Shearer said of the Swans. “I think they’ll be in and around the relegation zone.”

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Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer played his entire career at the top level of English football, winning the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1994-95. The following summer he signed for his hometown club, Newcastle United, for a then world record £15 million fee.

He ended his playing career with a record 260 Premier League goals, which still stands today. He also won 63 caps for England, including 34 as captain, and among his 30 international goals were five scored at Euro 96, a total that won him the Golden Boot at that tournament.

Now the chief pundit on Match Of The Day, Alan was one of the first two players inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame this year.