Last week, Costa's lawyer Ricardo Cardoso threatened to utilise "all possible legal mechanisms" against Chelsea and submit a formal transfer request in response to what he referred to as the "discriminatory behaviour" of head coach Antonio Conte towards his client, who was informed by text earlier this summer that his career at Stamford Bridge was over.
"This situation can happen and we must pay more attention next time".
After N'Golo Kante had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net in first-half stoppage time and Marcos Alonso had been denied by Tom Heaton, Willian began to haul Chelsea back into the contest.
"We tried to attack in the right way in the second half", Conte explained. We had to get on, get the job done and I'm pleased we have done that. We must be ready also if in this moment many players are missing and we have to go with these players, we have to try play good football. "My state of mind is clear", Conte said, "and at the moment I signed a new contract, and then I chose to stay, to work for this club, and then to try and give every day 120% in the work for my club". Today we had three injured players missing and one missing for a ban. We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.
Huddersfield Town made a dream start to their debut season in the Premier League as they beat Crystal Palace 3-nil away.
Meanwhile Burnley manager Sean Dyche knows that winning away to the champions on the opening day is only a small step in the northwest side's bid to yet again retain their Premier League status. That it took until a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on April 29 to pick up their first away victory says an bad lot. "So that result is huge, a massive win for us at the start of the season".
"From there, it is very hard to change the result".
"There are a lot of big games coming so it's important that we remind ourselves of that".
Chelsea put in a much improved second-half display and showed fantastic fight and commitment to make Burnley work for the three points that seemed so nailed on at half time. We have still got a team that needs to keep moving forwards.