Hertha Berlin attacker Salomon Kalou
Wednesday Nov 30, 2016. 11:00
Ivorian attacker Salomon Kalou says that his former club Chelsea will win the Premier League if Diego Costa is the top scorer.
Costa has enjoyed a superb 2016/17 season thus far, netting 10 goals to be the Premier League’s co-leading scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Kalou, who played for Chelsea from 2006 to 2012 and helped the London club win one Premier League title, four FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League, reckons Costa holds the key to the Blues’ title hopes.
"Diego Costa did well already under [Jose] Mourinho but he didn't quite have the same quality last year as he has shown this year," Kalou told Goal.com.
"He needed new motivation and that is what [Antonio] Conte brought to him.
"If Diego Costa is top scorer then they will win the league; it works the other way around as well. The two go together. Eden [Hazard] is a great player too; he can do anything with the ball.
"He is carrying the team with Diego Costa. He is important but he requires the whole team to be amazing. When the team plays amazing, it is easy for him to go forward and to score.
"Chelsea can win the league, of course, because they started very strong; they have shown that they have the fight for the title. They have great character.
"This team has done something difficult - come back from last season where they had a bad time and shown a winning character. I am sure that they have the chance to win it."