Chelsea morning news: Hazard 'inspired' by Terry; Mourinho on Costa injury

John Terry

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea captain John Terry played his 500th game in blue yesterday as Jose Mourinho's side defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 to stay at the top of the Premier League table.

And two of Chelsea's biggest stars have been paying tribute to their captain fantastic.

Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard have both arrived at Chelsea during different times of Terry's captaincy, but both told the official Chelsea website just how important the former England man is to the team.

Hazard stated:

"It was very good for me to hear that because I was new and a little bit nervous. When you come to a new country it’s hard, but he helped me settle.

"He is a very good captain; he still works as though he is a young player just starting out in the game. He’s the first player out on to the training pitch and the last player to leave, which is very good for the younger players like myself. He gives me a lot of inspiration and he’s a fantastic professional."

While Didier Drogba also waxed lyrical about the centre-back. He reminisced on the importance of winning the Champions League with the club in 2012 and how proud it made him to make up for the penalty miss Terry suffered in Moscow against Manchester United in their previous Champions League final:

"This Champions League final, we won it for him as well,’ says Drogba, as he reflects on the trophies lifted in their time at Chelsea, ‘because after the drama of Moscow I know how he felt because I felt the same that day.

"That is why for me to score this goal and for us to win the Champions League was fantastic. You could see John’s face, he was running and was one of the first to jump over me - so that is our team spirit, that is what he created and I think he deserved it more than anyone here."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has labelled the team's second goal yesterday so good that it was a 'scandal' against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea played some wonderful intricate passing football before Cesc Fabregas scored his first Premier League goak for the club - Mourinho saying of the goal:

"The second goal was a scandal. It is unbelievably good!

"Against Burnley we scored a goal (Andre Schurrle) which I thought would be our goal of the season but this is just as good."

Meanwhile Mourinho also backed injured striker Diego Costa to play for Spain next month. He was believed to be furious that Costa played both games for the Spanish team during the most recent break - despite thigh and hamstring problems.

But Mourinho said of the £32 million striker, who missed yesterday's game against Palace.

But his comments were tinged with a sense of bitterness:

"He will be in great condition in mid November to be back for the national team. That's for sure. He will play for me when he has free time from the national team. After we beat Arsenal Costa went to the national team, he played two big matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg, and he came back in conditions where he's not available to play for his club.

"Our medical department will take great care of him and in mid-November he will be in perfect conditions."

Costa will not play against Maribor in the Champions League this week.

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