Chelsea’s Diego Costa was named Player of the Month for November, after Chelsea recorded eight straight wins, prompting Conte to hail him as a real warrior.
Conte watched as the Spain international scored the equaliser against Manchester City and assisted a goal last weekend, sending Chelsea three points clear at the top of the table.
Costa now has 12 goals and five assists in 14 EPL games and Conte believes his fighting spirit is a source of inspiration for his teammates.
“Yes, I think Diego is a real warrior,” Conte said at a press conference at Cobham Training Centre. “He is good for the team because it is important to have many warriors during the game because during the game it better to have that.
“Diego is showing that he is passionate and he can put it in the best way on the pitch. I think it is fantastic for him, the club, for me, the fans and all of us because he is playing very well.
“We are working a lot to involve him in our play. I think he has scored a lot but he helps the team too. I think that is very good to have Diego showing the right part of himself, now because before it wasn’t right to always show that passion [how he did].
“Now he is. It is important that he puts himself in the best way in every moment of the game. To think a lot and be involved in the game. You have to think in the game and try to find the right moments.
“In every game I ask the same thing of my players, to be focused on the game. To be focused on the results. I always ask this of my players before the game.”