Chelsea morning news: Mourinho on Diego Costa suspension worries

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All the news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been discussing the upcoming busy winter period for his club.

While other teams bosses find themselves complaining and moaning about the lack of a winter break and the affect that has on their respective teams, Mourinho does not conform to that ideal.

The Portuguese boss has instead been praising the English period - saying he enjoys the busy schedule.

He told the club website:

"The mental aspect is fundamental because if you don’t do it in a happy way, if you think I should be having Christmas with my family in Spain or Brazil or France or wherever, or the guys from the Spanish or German leagues are on holiday on beautiful islands getting the sun, then I think you can’t do it.

"So you have to do it happy like I do. The positive side is a lot - giving the people what they want. If you are feeling it in any positive way it makes you happy and if you are happy it is not so difficult to do."

In recent times Chelsea have also had a bit of a battle with international teams, especially Spain, over player fitness.

Specifically it has revolved around the handling of Diego Costa's troublesome muscular injuries. The Spaniard has often returned from international duty unfit, especially with his thigh and hamstring.

Mourinho has now suggested reasons why this sort of thing happens:

There are certain types of injuries that you can do things at a certain level but there are factors that can kill your strategy, especially when players go to national teams when the situation changes because the habits change.

"But I’m not saying the others work badly and we work well. But the human body needs adaptation and I give one example.

"My players on the recovery day never do bicycles but I have one player who on a recovery day with his national team was working on a bike. I am not saying it is wrong but that player never does it and when you interrupt a certain routine in your body the risk is higher."

He also spoke about Diego Costa's suspension worries. The striker, who has been passed fit for the game against West Bromwich Albion, is currently on four yellow cards. But Mourinho says this does not bother him in the slightest:

"Diego has four yellow cards, but am I going to protect him from any game? No way, he plays. When he gets the fifth he gets the fifth. The most important game is West Brom. After that the most important game is Sunderland."

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