Mourinho: Costa reaction has been excellent


The Blues boss refused to reveal if Diego Costa would return to the team for Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth but insists he has ‘no problems’ with the former Atletico Madrid man

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has applauded Diego Costa‘s reaction to being dropped from the starting line-up last weekend.

The striker was benched against Tottenham and reacted petulantly to not being brought on as a substitute, throwing his bib towards Mourinho, but the Portuguese says he has no issues with the Brazilian-born Spain striker.

“I cannot tell you if Diego Costa will be back in the starting line-up as I haven’t told the players,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.

“Costa has been very good – I cannot say better than ever, normally he trains well, that’s the only thing that matters.”

Costa’s benching followed an angry disagreement with Mourinho during the 4-0 Champions League win at Maccabi Tel Aviv, with the Portuguese admitting he was unhappy with the 27-year-old’s movement before claiming they had made up with ‘kisses and cuddles’.

The former Atletico Madrid forward has since been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge but Mourinho dismissed specualtion about Costa’s future.

“I don’t know why there are question marks about his future as a Chelsea player. He was on the bench for one match. No problems, no problems at all,” he added.

“I think he always tries to do his best – sometimes phenomenal, sometimes not so well. He always tries hard – sometimes with goals and good performances, sometimes not so good.”

In Costa’s absence, Pedro and Eden Hazard rotated as a false nine at White Hart Lane but Mourinho expects to welcome back Loic Remy for Saturday’s home match with Bournemouth, following the birth of the Frenchman’s child.

Remy has not started a league game since the draw with Newcastle in September.