Jose Mourinho: No Diego Costa is a blow for Chelsea
Chelsea manager promises his side will adapt to replacement Didier Drogba
Jose Mourinho is confident that Chelsea can adapt to Didier Drogba in the absence of Diego Costa at Old Trafford.
The 36-year-old Ivorian was handed a starting berth after Costa failed to regain full fitness following hamstring injury and viral infection over the past week.
We are happy to change and have him [Drogba] as the main striker
Costa has scored seven goals in nine Premier League games this season, while Drogba netted his first strike since returning to the west London side against Maribor on Wednesday.
And Chelsea manager Mourinho, whose side are five points clear of defending champions Manchester City, admitted Costa’s absence was a blow to the Blues.
“It is a blow, but it a blow for the game that there is no Remy, Costa, Falcao or Rooney,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“But we have our objectives. The fact that we don’t have a couple of players doesn’t make us change. We will try to play in the best possible away.
Mourinho added: “He is a different player than the others.
“Obviously we are going to try to adapt to a different style of play that we believe he can give us.
“We are happy to change and have him as the main striker.”