Chelsea striker, Diego Costa, has admitted that he had to change his style, to avoid costly suspensions.
The 28-year-old says frequently getting involved with opponents, was making him an easy target for Premier League referees.
Costa has tried to curb his aggression in the 2016/2017 campaign, receiving eight yellow cards in 33 appearances across all competitions.
“The suspensions I received made me reflect,” the Spain international told Chelsea’s official website.
“I stopped and thought about it. I realised I was the only one losing out at the end of the day.
“Back then sometimes I thought the suspension was unfair and that I was right and the others were wrong, that they were exaggerating. But either way I was always losing out. So it was a question of either letting them send me out all the time or changing, because with no change from my part I would never be playing, never enjoying.
“So I decided to avoid arguments with referees, with players from the other teams. I just knew they would not let the slightest thing pass, not with me.”