Jose Mourinho: Diego Costa return ‘a fantastic problem’ for Chelsea

Didier Drogba's goal-scoring return presents Chelsea with selection difficulties, Jose Mourinho admits

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Jose Mourinho is delighted to be facing a selection headache after Didier Drogba’s goal-scoring return to Chelsea’s starting line-up.

The Blues boss was speaking at his weekly news conference ahead of his team’s west London derby against QPR on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

And Mourinho said that Ivorian Drogba, despite his advancing years, remained a key player for Chelsea after his 53rd-minute strike against Manchester United last weekend.

Asked whether the likely return from injury of free-scoring Spaniard Diego Costa presented a selection problem, the Portuguese said: “Fantastic problem for me.”

He added: “The perfect problem is when [Loic] Remy is back. To have all three. When we made that group of three at the start of the season, we think we did well.

“Three levels of investment, three levels of expectation, three levels of contribution, three levels of qualities as a striker. We have three very good strikers in our squad.”

Mourinho admitted that Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge had not been a foregone conclusion.

“It was a difficult decision to take,” he said. “We took it together. We believe in him and he believes in himself.

“He believes he has conditions to be an important player which he always was at this club. To be important, at the age of 36, you don’t need to play 90 minutes of 50 matches, you need to be there when the team needs you.

“Obviously, he was fantastic for us in the last week when we were in real trouble with Costa and Remy and doing something that nobody should do, which is to play two 90 minute games of football with 48 hours rest. He managed to do that in a fantastic way.”

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