Jose Mourinho comments on Diego Costa’s return to action

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea boss Mourinho has commented on striker Diego Costa’s return to first team action.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes there is plenty more to come from Diego Costa as the striker returned to first team action on Saturday.

The Brazilian-born scorer has been in wonderful form since joining the Blues, scoring nine Premier League goals in eight starts.

His involvement over the past few weeks however has been non-existent following an on-going aggravation to a long-standing hamstring problem.

The Blues’ 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers marked his first start since the victory over Arsenal in early October though his impact was expectedly mooted.

 

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Diego Costa 0 1 3 36 17 1 78

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Atletico Madrid favourite was relatively quiet during his time on the pitch before making way for substitute Andre Schurrle.

He took just one shot on goal, completed three key passes and touched the ball a mere 36 times – a low figure by his standards.

Speaking to the press after the game, Mourinho highlighted how the injury affected his summer signing’s performance before warning his rivals how there is plenty more to come in the coming weeks.

“A muscular injury doesn’t just affect your body but also your brain, because after that you are afraid of reactions. Normally, the next match for him will be much better.” He said, quoted by Chelsea.com.

The victory maintains the Blues’ early stranglehold at the top of the table as they move nine points clear of reigning champions Manchester City in third who face rivals United at the Etihad on Sunday.

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