Chelsea striker Diego Costa is “privileged” to be one of a final first-team regulars to be forsaken from a starting line-up, Blues manager Jose Mourinho said.
The Spain general was benched in Sunday’s goalless Premier League pull opposite Tottenham Hotspur and done his frustrations transparent when he threw his training bib in a instruction of Mourinho and his assistant, Steve Holland.
The Portuguese played down suggestions of a relapse in family with Costa after a bib occurrence that followed a touch-line squabble during Tuesday’s Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
“Diego is really absolved since he was a final one to be on a bench,” Mourinho told reporters after a game.
“The captain (John Terry) has been on a bench, so have (Branislav) Ivanovic, (Gary) Cahill a vice-captain of England, (Cesc) Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, (Eden) Hazard, a actor of a season.
“So he is absolved we kept him in a group for all these matches.
“Physically Diego is fine. He is operative good each day and his mood is positive. He was prepared to play when we he went to comfortable up. we have a good attribute with him.”
Costa, who scored 20 goals in his initial deteriorate with Chelsea, has found a behind of a net only 3 times in 11 joining appearances this debate and has certified he was overweight when he returned to pre-season training.
Champions Chelsea have done a gloomy start to their pretension defence, losing 7 of their initial 12 joining games to lay 5 points above a relegation zone, and Mourinho pronounced it had been a training experience.
“I schooled how to live but a complacency of winning matches,” he said.
“I schooled how to motivate myself but a aim of being champion, that is not easy for somebody that always had a complacency of winning matches really frequently and somebody who always played – with a difference of (Portuguese side) Uniao de Lleiria – with a design and a aim to be champion.”