Mourinho surprised by prolific Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is surprised by the form of striker Diego Costa, who continues to score despite rarely training with his teammates, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Spaniard was influential once again as the West London club maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. He netted the second goal, heading home a pinpoint delivery from left-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

That strike came in between Oscar’s stylish finish and Willian’s tap-in, ensuring a fifth win in six league games for the Blues this season. Costa’s goal was his eighth during that time, a run which includes a hat-trick against Swansea City and a brace at Everton.

And Mourinho revealed afterwards that the 25-year-old’s run is all the more remarkable due to his lack of training. He said: “I know a striker scoring goals is always nice for him and for his confidence, especially for a player like him who is not training as he should, because we are protecting him in certain situations.

“He cannot be on top of his game, but even so scoring a goal is good for his confidence. He’s doing almost nothing (in training). He’s just resting and recovering from the tight muscle he has. Every time he accumulates fatigue.”

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