Mourinho backing Costa to rediscover deadly Chelsea form

Jose Mourinho is insistent that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will rediscover his earlier deadly form once his match fitness improves, Sky Sports is reporting.

The Spaniard made a blistering start to life in England when he bagged an incredible seven goals in his first four games at the club – but a run of just two in seven has seen him struggle in front of goal.

Costa was the centre of a club versus country row after Spain continued to select him when Mourinho insisted he wasn’t fit – meaning the striker missed four games with a recurrence of the hamstring injury that plagued the forward last season.

He was left out of the latest national squad but his fitness has not fully recovered and Saturday’s defeat to Newcastle was the third game in a row he has not scored.

The Portuguese boss however is backing his £32m man to come good once again when his sharpness returns.

He said: “For me, the problem is not the goals – they will come as a consequence of his condition.

“He has to improve his condition. He was injured and obviously that must have an effect on a player in the way he runs, the way he moves and in his co-ordination.

“I don’t think there is any problem but he has to recover.”

Despite his struggles Costa’s Chelsea record is still impressive – with 11 goals from 14 games so far.

His recent baron spell has allowed Sergio Aguero to overtake him as the league’s top scorer though.

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