Mourinho unconcerned by Costa absence

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that his side can cope comfortably with the absence of striker Diego Costa for Wednesday’s game against Tottenham, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spain international picked up his fifth booking of the campaign for a foul on Wes Brown during Saturday’s 0-0 draw away to Sunderland, so serves a one-game ban, meaning either Loic Remy or the highly experienced Didier Drogba will take his place.

It is not the first time that the Blues have been without Costa in the Premier League, after he sat out the games away to Crystal Palace in Manchester United in October, but having scored 11 goals in 11 domestic games since moving to England from Atletico Madrid in the summer, there have been some fears that his absence against Tottenham could be felt.

However, Mourinho laughed off the suggestions, saying: “We don’t speak about Diego. We trust Remy and Drogba the same way we trust Diego. This is not our way of work. So forget Diego. We trust the other two and we go with the other two.”

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