When Chelsea host Manchester City on Wednesday, they won’t be short of motivation, as explained by their striker Diego Costa, according to a report on their club website.

Chelsea, who were stunned by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, lead Tottenham Hotspur by seven points at the top of the English Premier League table, with City a further four points behind.

And the striker, who is on the verge of reaching a half-century of goals for the Blues, spoke about how they need to pick themselves up and make a statement against Manchester City.

‘Now is not the time to regret or feel sorry for ourselves but to lift up our heads and think about the next game because it will be very important,’ the Brazilian-born striker said in a game that he and his teammates went so close to equalising but were somehow denied.

Confirming that Antonio Conte’s men are focusing on their encounter with Pep Guardiola’ side, Costa adds that ‘Obviously a big game like this is always important, especially after a defeat at home and a rival getting nearer us.

Asked if whether the game against City has extra importance with Spurs travelling to Swansea on the same day, Costa agrees ‘The game against Man City is a game of six points – and if we win they will basically be out of the fight for the title and we can maintain a distance, depending on the result between Tottenham and Swansea."