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Diego Costa Jokingly Claims He'd "Tackle His Own Mother" to Win at Atletico Mineiro

Costa joked he's tackle his own mother to win a game
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Diego Costa has jokingly claimed he would "tackle his own mother" if it meant leading his new side, Atletico Mineiro, to a win.

The 32-year-old joined Mineiro this summer following his departure from Atletico Madrid, and provided a hilarious soundbite to the fans at his unveiling.

Per TV Galo, Costa said: "Eu quero ganhar. Se tiver minha mãe dentro de campo, eu vou ter que dar nela também," which roughly translates to: "If my mother was on the pitch and I had to beat her to win, I would. I'm going to do everything to win."

The Spanish star has earned quite a notorious reputation during his time with Chelsea in the Premier League, clashing with a number of players over the course of his stay at Stamford Bridge. Costa spent three years with the Blues, scoring 59 goals in 120 games.

He added at his official unveiling: “There will be no lack of dedication, running and of course, goals. After so many years in Europe, I dreamed of playing Brazilian football and nowhere better than here, a team with tradition... I hope it is a blessed year full of titles.”

He inspired Jose Mourinho's side to Premier League and League Cup glory before helping Antonio Conte's side clinch another league title two years later. He returned to Atletico in 2017, where he won two LaLiga titles before departing this summer.