Paul Merson: Why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was wrong to drop Diego Costa
Paul Merson questions Jose Mourinho's decision to drop Chelsea striker Diego Costa
Jose Mourinho was wrong to drop Diego Costa for Chelsea’s stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, according to Arsenal legend Paul Merson.
The 27-year-old striker was named on the bench for the west London side’s trip to White Hart Lane, and Costa didn’t feature despite the defending Premier League champions failing to beat Hugo Lloris.
Don’t get me wrong, Costa hasn’t been great and they did well at Tottenham without him, but you can’t play like that all season, teams will find a way to stop them
The Spain international was caught on camera throwing his bib in Mourinho’s direction after the Chelsea manager opted against introducing the controversial striker in the final minutes of Sunday’s derby.
While former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes backed Mourinho’s handling of the striker, Arsenal legend Merson questioned the Chelsea boss’s management.
Merson told Sky Sports: “Mourinho needs Costa more than Costa needs Mourinho, especially with no other strikers scoring goals at the club right now.
“You don’t throw your bib at somebody if you like them and there’s clearly a problem there.
“Costa’s goal against Norwich was a huge one and Mourinho’s left himself in a tough situation by dropping him after that.#
“Don’t get me wrong, Costa hasn’t been great and they did well at Tottenham without him, but you can’t play like that all season, teams will find a way to stop them.”
Costa has endured a miserable start to the season and the 27-year-old has scored three times in 11 Premier League games this term.
The Chelsea striker netted 21 times in 26 Premier League games after he joined Chelsea in a £32m deal from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2014.