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4th Dec, 2016 | 8:14pm

Hazard shares what Costa has changed this season to lead Chelsea charge

By Emma Sanders

Eden Hazard claims Diego Costa’s discipline has improved this season and that is one of the reasons why he has been so important for Chelsea.

The striker is renowned for getting caught up in controversy and has had a number of high-profile bust-ups on the pitch with rival players in the past.

However, Hazard believes the Chelsea man has not been as ill-disciplined this season and that has helped him improve his game following a poor 2015-16.

“Before he was scoring a lot but sometimes getting yellow cards or red cards, now he’s not, that’s the big change,” Hazard told the club’s official website.

“He gives everything on the pitch, he scored a goal and got one assist, he’s been on fire since the start of the season.”

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The 28-year-old has made 14 league appearances this season and has scored 11 goals as well as providing five assists and has been involved in more goals than any other player in the Premier League.

His form has been excellent and he is yet to receive a red card this season or to serve any match bans through poor discipline despite his past record.

Costa has picked up four yellow cards this season, which is just one away from a one-match suspension ban but he has conceded just 13 fouls.

Last season, he picked up 12 bookings and was sent off during the 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup clash in March 2016.

Chelsea recorded impressive victories against Tottenham and Manchester City in the last two weeks to climb to the top of the Premier League table.

In other Chelsea news, fans reacted with amusement on Twitter to Liverpool’s shock defeat against Bournemouth.