Martin Keown: Why Jose Mourinho got it wrong with Chelsea striker

Martin Keown believes Jose Mourinho's man management of Chelsea striker Diego Costa backfired

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    

Martin Keown says Jose Mourinho made a mistake with his man-management of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Spain international scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday night as the Blues extended their unbeaten run since Mourinho left Stamford Bridge in December.

The 28-year-old striker has scored 10 goals and has made six assists in 15 games in all competitions since Mourinho was sacked.

Former Arsenal defender Keown has explained why Costa has rediscovered his best form under Mourinho’s successor Guus Hiddink.

“He looks fitter and stronger than at the start of the season,” Keown told Daily Mail.

“But I have a funny feeling that he was one of a number of Chelsea players where Mourinho got into their heads too much. Jose felt he needed to get them out of their comfort zone for them to perform but he got that wrong.

“All he did was take their confidence away.”

The Portuguese’s successor Guus Hiddink has remained unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over the reins.

Costa scored 20 goals in 26 Premier League games as the striker helped to fire Chelsea to the English top-flight title in 2015.

MORE: The latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: The latest Chelsea player tweets

Costa moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2014 after a prolific spell at the Spanish club.

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Joshua v Klitschko odds: 5/1 on Joshua, 14/1 on Klitschko, prediction and betting tips
The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Predictions: Why Man United will finish ahead of Liverpool
The Sport Review
Sol Campbell: Why this player will score in Tottenham v Arsenal
The Sport Review
Barcelona 2017: Nadal and Zeballos beat #NextGen challengers to lock horns after four years