Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful that his star striker Diego Costa will be fit and available for tomorrow’s clash against Sporting Lisbon. The Spanish striker has been in scintillating form this season scoring 8 goals in 6 appearances. Mourinho recently claimed that Costa’s fitness level makes it difficult for him to play twice in a week but he will be hoping that the Brazilian born striker is ready for the game on Tuesday night.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw in match week 1 by Schalke where Costa came on as a substitute only. However, it is understood that Jose Mourinho is counting on his hitman to start from the first whistle. Speaking to reporters Mourinho claimed, “He is doing almost nothing..He’s just resting and recovering from the tight muscle he has every time he accumulates fatigue. I hope he goes home after this game and sleeps until (Sunday) morning. He cannot be at the top of his game but even so, scoring a goal is good for his confidence, especially for a player who isn’t training as he should because we are protecting him.”
Mourinho also raised concerns about the fitness of his Brazilian trio Oscar, Ramires and Willian following the World Cup and the international break, and is keeping a close eye on this situation. Both Oscar and Willian were on target in the weekend against Aston Villa and Mourinho believes that both of them are showing improvements as a result of squad rotation but once again highlighted the fact that a packed international calendar is increasingly tiring out the footballers.
“[Willian] didn’t start the season well,” the Chelsea boss told reporters. “I think everyone that came from the Brazil national team without a proper holiday and without a proper pre-season, not one of them had enough time in the pre-season to start the season in a very strong way.All of them are coming step by step. Oscar is the same. Now they are getting into the intensity of the game.It is physical. Players need holidays, but they don’t always have them. They need a proper pre-season, but they don’t have a proper pre-season.I think players are getting in trouble and when I anticipate the next pre-season it will be even worse, because there will be international matches, where every players has to go with his national team. After that they are going to have maybe two weeks pre-season.”
Sporting Lisbon come into this game unbeaten in their domestic league so far with two wins and four draws and are currently in seventh position in the league table. John Terry will most likely make his 100th appearance in the Champions League for Chelsea this Tuesday. Chelsea are expected in Lisbon tonight, and they will not have the usual adaption session at Alvalade ahead of their clash with Sporting according to SAPO Desporto.