Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has continued his feud with Vicente Del Bosque and the Spanish football federation regarding the fitness of striker Diego Costa.
The Brazilian-born goalscorer was called up to the Spain squad for their recent Euro 2016 qualifiers and started against the wishes of his current employers.
The Blues’ outspoken coach Mourinho left Spain leader Vicente Del Bosque subtle hints in the weeks building up to the international break that his star striker was battling with fitness and carrying an injury.
His quotes were highly contested by certain sectors of the Spanish press as they felt the former Real Madrid coach was exaggerating – demonstrated by Costa’s run of games for the Blues.
Nonetheless, Del Bosque counted on the striker and played him in both games in which the former Atletico Madrid hitman finally broke his international duck with an impressive finish against Luxembourg.
After returning to Stamford Bridge, it has since been revealed that Costa has succumbed to his previous hamstring struggles and was ruled out of the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
Understandably incensed, Mourinho updated the press on his top scorer’s situation before firing a jibe at the Spanish coaching and medical staff.
“You are unhappy when the players go on international duty in good condition and come back injured.” He said, quoted by the Spanish press AS.
“It is the same problem he’s having, but now an injury, not an almost injury. It’s simple. He’s not training because he’s not in condition to do so. I have no idea how long. Tomorrow he cannot play. The weekend is not important but he cannot play tomorrow.”
“There are international coaches and medical departments who worry about the physical condition of their players, while on the other hand there are others who simply don’t care.”
The West Londoners take on Slovenian champions Maribor in a clash of the top two in group G of this season’s edition of the Champions League.
After drawing at home to Sporting Lisbon in their first match, the minnows managed to hold out for another impressive draw away at Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.