Ahead of league leaders Chelsea’s match against struggling QPR, Jose Mourinho spoke to the press for a short while. The Portugese manager will be looking for yet another three points, and with Manchester City facing a difficult encounter on Sunday with Manchester United, Mourinho will be hoping that his side further extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Star striker Diego Costa is fit to play after taking part in training. Costa has already scored 9 goals in 7 games, and his return will certainly make things easier for Chelsea.
“Diego is available, and that’s good for us,” said Mourinho. “It’s difficult with only one striker available. Is difficult. When you have two, obviously the situation improves.”
Costa has missed the club’s last four games – Crystal Palace, Maribor, Shrewsbury and Manchester United – having had groin and hamstring injuries. The striker suffered the injuries while on national duty with Spain, and Mourinho has already expressed his disappointment at Del Bosque’s handling of his star striker.
“I have nothing to say, nothing to say. The only thing I can say is what everybody knows, which is he was having problems in Chelsea but we managed to keep him playing, but after the national team we lost him for four matches: Crystal Palace, Maribor, Shrewsbury and United. Four matches in three different competitions,” said Mourinho
“Now he’s again available, but he needs obviously to be again under special care. We are going to do that. It’s the only thing we can do, nothing else.”
Costa will once again be teaming up with his national team-mates for the upcoming qualifier match against Belarus and a friendly with Germany. Mourinho insisted that he has no problems with his players being called up for international duty, but that they deserve special care, especially if, like Costa, the players are not 100%.
“His being called up is not my call. Not my decision. I am always supportive of players playing for their countries when the players are in condition to do it, and when the players in the national team follow the same procedures to recover from the problems they have.
But I’m nobody to stand in the way of the national team. I cannot stop him going,” said Mourinho.
Costa’s absence has hardly been felt, though, and that is a testament to the performances of veteran striker Didier Drogba, who managed to get on the scoresheet at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old has led the line superbly in Costa’s absence, much to the delight of his manager.
“Me, the owner, the board, him, we all decided together for him (Drogba) to come back. He had to do what no one should do – play 90 minutes of football with 48 hours difference and he managed to do that in a fabulous way.”
Finally, Mourinho talked about the opposition, QPR, a team that is already mired in the relegation zone with only 7 points from the first 9 games.
“I think I know what to expect from QPR, and I can say it will be a difficult game for us. It’s the first time I play against QPR. London is a special place because of the number of derbies, which makes it unique.”
Chelsea are yet to lose a single match this season, and with the way things are going at QPR. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Blues grab all three points with relative ease.