Chelsea Striker Diego Costa has revealed he loved battling with Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
The 28-year-old striker is enjoying his time with the Blues, who currently sit on the top of the Premier League, scoring 13 goals in the process.
The Spain international enjoyed a fine form with Atletico Madrid before he made the switch to the England.
Costa has now confessed he misses going into battle against Ramos and Pepe during his playing days in Spain.
‘I used to love the games against Real Madrid and the chance to face Pepe and Ramos,’ he told Sport TV. ‘It was a good battle, where we always had trouble and sparks were flying.
‘I can guarantee that they used to love them for the same reasons!
‘We went out on the pitch knowing that they would be intense games but the important thing was that there was loyalty. They went out hard, I did too, but without being disloyal.
‘And the games against them always had friction: some sort of insult, some kicking. But after the end of the game, we would always greet each other without any problems.
‘Now, with Ramos, we’re team-mates with the national team and we’re always joking that I can’t do it anymore.’