Jose Mourinho: Diego Costa’s ban not good for Chelsea
Jose Mourinho doesn't believe Diego Costa's suspension could be a blessing in disguise
Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Diego Costa’s suspension could prove a blessing in disguise for Chelsea.
The Spain international picked up his fifth booking of the season at Stadium of Light as Chelsea played out a goalless draw with Sunderland.
The 26-year-old is banned for the visit of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, but should return for the trip to Newcastle United next weekend.
While Costa has carefully managed a hamstring problem this season, the Chelsea manager insisted the striker’s absence is bad news for the Blues.
“It’s never a blessing. We want the best players to play, but it is reality [he is suspended],” said Mourinho of Costa’s ban.
He added: “I think [Moussa] Sissoko at Newcastle is in the same situation. I don’t think he can play in the next game. Alan Pardew is going to miss him, but after that he is fresh to play against us. That is football.
“And in this busy period, when you play so many matches, for players to get a fifth yellow card and one game to rest, it is not good for the team but individually it gives them a new energy.”
Costa has scored 11 goals in 11 Premier League games this season.