Marca's tribute to Chelsea after 6-0 Maribor hammering

José Mourinho Celebrates

Pro-Real Madrid news source Marca has suggested Chelsea didn't need Diego Costa as they saw off Maribor last night.

Pro-Madrid news source Marca has offered Chelsea a tribute following their thumping 6-0 win against Maribor in the Champions League last night.

Marca claims the performance from Chelsea was so impressive, it didn’t really matter when Loic Remy was forced off injured because the Blues didn’t really need any strikers.

“No Costa, No Worries,” reads Marca’s headline.

“Ivorian Drogba scored his first goal since his return to Stamford Bridge this summer, while French player Rémy, Englishman Terry, Belgian Hazard - on two occasions - and Slovenia's Viler - an own goal - completed the devastation. The Blues did not seem to be in need of their injured striker, Diego Costa.”

Mourinho revealed before the game that Diego Costa is carrying a problem, which also rules him out of the match against Manchester United this weekend.

That meant an opportunity for Remy to come into the side but he appeared to injure himself in the process of scoring Chelsea’s opener, quickly leaving the pitch with a groin issue.

That saw Didier Drogba come on and score from the penalty spot, which was his first goal in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

One of the ways to judge a side is by the strength of their opponents and on this occasion, the Blues weren’t thoroughly tested at all at Stamford Bridge and are now within three points of the magical ten, which is normally enough for qualification into the first knock out round.

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