Charlie Nicholas: Why Diego Costa will inspire Chelsea to victory over Porto
Charlie Nicholas tips Jose Mourinho to recall Diego Costa to the Chelsea side
Diego Costa will inspire Chelsea to victory over Porto in a must-win game for Jose Mourinho, according to Charlie Nicholas.
The Spain international has been left on the bench for the west London side’s last two games in the Premier League after a reported fallout with Mourinho in Israel.
Costa flaunted controversy during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur last month after he threw his bib in Mourinho’s direction after he was left on the bench.
However, former Arsenal star Nicholas believes Mourinho will call upon Costa for the visit of Porto as Chelsea look to avoid a defeat and reach the Champions League knockout stage.
“Mourinho had to leave Costa out after the incident last week but I think he’ll bring him back on Wednesday night as his job is genuinely on the line,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“I never thought I’d say that about Mourinho. I don’t think they’ll make the top four now so what have they got to play for if they go out?”
Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat by newly-promoted Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Costa scored 20 goals in his first season in the English top flight after the striker moved to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in a £32m deal in 2014.