FRANK LAMPARD says Chelsea shouldn’t worry about Diego Costa’s angry side as long as he keeps getting his name on the scoresheet.
Since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014, Costa has been involved in a number of high profile incidents both on and off the pitch.
Most recently, Costa had a falling out with Blues staff after receiving a mega-money offer to move to the Chinese Super League in January.
The striker was left out of the Chelsea squad for their next game away to Leicester, with manager Antonio Conte citing an injury as the reason for his exclusion.
But Costa has been in fine form in front of goal, scoring 20 times in the league.
Lampard says he has heard of angry moments involving Costa on the training ground but believes that should not get in the way of the talent of the 28-year-old.
“We see the angry Diego a lot but behind the scenes he is a big joker,” he said on Sky Sports.
“He’s great behind the scenes.
“I’ve heard training moments where he’s turned a little bit, as he does in games.
“But forget about that stuff.
“As a striker, he is one of the best in the world.”
Asked if he thought Conte could go on to build a dynasty, former Chelsea midfielder Lampard said: ‘I think so.
‘If you’re a Chelsea fan that’s what you’re hoping for now. The way he’s held himself this year and the results have been different class.
‘I think he’s going to be backed, and he does need backing. It’s a great squad of players they’ve got there. Maybe a freshen up, don’t lose your best players and add one or two at the top end.’
Lampard, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014 to join Manchester City, claimed Chelsea were deserved champions but warned they might find it tougher next term.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Chelsea’s 1-0 win against the Baggies on Friday, Lampard added: ‘They are by far the strongest team this year.
‘The consistency, the desire, the quality in the team – they deserve it, and they deserve that moment with their own fans.
‘It will be a big test next year. The formation they play won’t be a surprise for anybody and all the other teams behind them will be back stronger.’
Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, won his three titles alongside club captain John Terry – who will leave the club this summer after a 19-year career at Stamford Bridge.
Former England captain Terry has now won five Premier League titles and Lampard suggested the 36-year-old’s influence will be tough to replace.
‘If he’s going to leave this is the year to do it,’ said 38-year-old Lampard.
‘He hasn’t played a huge part on the pitch, but the part he’s played behind the scenes, I know for a fact, once he goes, everyone will appreciate him even more.
‘Someone has to take the mantle now. He’s such a big miss for them. Gary Cahill, maybe he’ll step up even more now, but John Terry is so important for this club.’