Costa to start for Chelsea against Arsenal, Mourinho confirms

Diego Costa will lead the Chelsea line for the Premier League meeting with Arsenal this weekend, Jose Mourinho has confirmed, according to the Daily Mail.

Costa has also been named in Spain’s squad to play Slovakia and Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifiers despite what Mourinho claims is a persistent hamstring injury that has hampered the striker’s ability to train for his club.

Mourinho has argued Costa can’t play a full part in his club’s schedule but despite asking that the player be rested for the internationals, admits he expected Spain counterpart Vicente Del Bosque to pick the former Atletico Madrid forward.

“My reaction to news he’s in the squad is no reaction because it’s something I imagined. It’s not a surprise,” Mourinho said. “I think three matches in a week is too much but he’s going to do that. Why? Because I’m not going to save him to be in perfect condition for the national team.

“If he has a problem playing against Arsenal it is a problem playing for Chelsea,” he continued. “We had three very important matches this week. We needed the victory in the Champions League. Arsenal is also important. So he plays.

“He had four days in between. He will be in OK condition to play against Arsenal. What happens in the following 15 days is not to do with me. I will pay the consequences of that as all clubs will after the international period.”

Costa left Atletico for Chelsea over the summer and has scored eight goals in as many appearances for his new club, having made his Spain debut prior to the World Cup despite originally turning out for Brazil, the country of his birth.

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