Jose Mourinho has played down the impact Diego Costa’s absence will have on Chelsea when they take on London rival Tottenham Hotspur in the week 14 midweek league match on Wednesday night.
Chelsea will be without their goal talisman when Spurs come visiting due to suspension. Costa will be suspended after picking up his fifth league booking against Sunderland when it appeared his arm caught Wes Brown in the face during the barren draw against the Black Cats on Saturday.
After the game ended, attention quickly turned to the midweek game against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs with the media hinting that the prolific hit man will be greatly missed for the midweek game.
Mourinho has however, come out to state that there will be no problem for his side with Diego Costa sitting out the game.
“No,” Mourinho replied when asked if Chelsea will encounter difficulties with Costa suspension.
“We’ll play Loic Remy or Didier Drogba. We don’t cry about injured players or about suspended players.
“If he’s suspended, he’s suspended. He can rest, he can be fresh against Newcastle and against Tottenham, Drogba and Remy will have their opportunity to start the game. No problem, let’s go.”
Diego Costa has been a big hit at Chelsea since joining in the summer but Chelsea have shown in previous games that they can still play and win without the powerful striker. Chelsea have played a couple of league games this season while Costa was side-lined with injury and the team did look impressive in those games as when the 26-year-old striker was in the line-up.
Back-ups- Didier Drogba and Loic Remy have shown that they can ably stand in for Costa when called upon. Drogba has scored vital goals for Chelsea this season especially in the Champions league. Remy also has been good in the few games he has played so far for the club. He has also shown he can get goals for the club when called upon.
Every manager would want a Diego Costa in their team starting every of their league game and Mourinho won’t be an exception. As much as his abilities and instinct in front of goal cannot be downplayed, Chelsea still have well enough fire-power in their ranks to be able to cope adequately well without Diego Costa on Wednesday.
Costa has been in scintillating form for Chelsea since making his 32million move to the West London outfit in the summer. He has score 11 premier league goals in 11 league appearances for the club this season.
He has slotted in into Jose Mourinho side effortlessly and has struck a perfect understanding with the rest of the team. The media has however, tried to raise dust over the players discipline with many labelling him as aggressive. He has become a target for most defenders who try to get under his skin during games.
His fifth yellow card, the most by any striker in the league this season will see him miss the Spur game but the club will look to get on without their goal machine. Costa will however be eligible to return to action when Chelsea travels to Tyneside to face Newcastle United on Saturday.
In his absence, Mourinho has hinted that Loic Remy or Didier Drogba will start upfront for the club. Whoever among the two gets to start should be able to give the team the attacking impetus needed upfront to get a good result against Spurs.