Chelsea boss Mourinho hails Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reserved special praise for striker Diego Costa, whose hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday maintained their 100% start to the season, the Guardian has reported.

The Welsh club – who also came into the game with maximum points from their first three games – took the lead after 11 minutes at Stamford Bridge when John Terry turned Neil Taylor’s cross into his own net after good work from Ki Sung-Yueng, and they looked comfortable for much of the first half.

However, Costa changed the momentum of the game by scoring the equaliser on the stroke of half time, heading home from a corner. In the second half, August’s Premier League Player of the Month made it seven goal in four outings by finishing Cesc Fabregas’ low cross, and getting the final touch to a weak shot from Ramires.

Debutant Loic Remy made it 4-1 before Jonjo Shelvey grabbed a Swans consolation, but Costa’s performance was the main talking point, and afterwards Mourinho said: “If the team plays well, he has to score goals. Seven goals in four Premier League matches is maybe a bit too much – we cannot expect him to have, say, 14 after eight games – but the way he’s playing … If he keeps scoring as he is, that will give us a chance to stay at the top.

“He hasn’t surprised me. Maybe seven in four has surprised me – that’s not normal – but he’s comfortable in the team. We were building the side in a way where we were waiting for a certain type of striker. I think everyone knows now why Chelsea did well to wait for Diego rather than buying someone else in the midwinter last season.’

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