On the eve of the Europa League final, Diego Costa is still waiting for his next match.
The Chelsea forward is a doubt for Tuesday night’s clash with AC Milan at the San Siro, but he will get another chance to shine in the group stages with AC Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old scored six goals in his last two games in all competitions against Milan and Inter, and his brace on Tuesday was his second of the season, with the third coming in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla in La Liga.
Costa also netted the winner in the Champions League against Bayern Munich in February.
With the tie against Milan being decided by two goals, Costa is now on course for a Champions League final appearance, but it is his next game against AC Paris that is most likely.
With PSG’s defence struggling to deal with Diego Costa, he will have to be creative to help his side stay in the hunt for a fourth consecutive title.
The France international has been one of the stars of the Champions Leagues, scoring 13 goals in 20 games for his club this term, which would rank him third on the all-time list behind Cristiano Ronaldo (20) and Lionel Messi (18).
He has been the target of comparisons with Diego Maradona, who scored 22 goals in 23 appearances during his two seasons at the Parc des Princes.
“The first thing that came to my mind was that Maradonas’ style of play is very similar to Diego Costa,” Antonio Conte said on Tuesday.
“It is difficult to compare it because we play against different players, but the difference is in the goals.
There are also other things that make me compare Diego with Maradoni, which is that he has two or three more goals than me.”