A positive factor for Chelsea of Diego Costa’s ban

The lethal striker missed yesterday’s clash with Manchester City, but the Stamford Bridge faithful can expect him to be raring to go in Europe.

Chelsea were certainly not as potent an attacking threat against Manchester City yesterday due to Diego Costa’s absence, with the Spain international serving out a three-match ban.

The former Atletico Madrid striker has scored 17 Premier League goals this term, a division high, and as such has negated the issues Jose Mourinho’s side had last term in attack.

However, with a draw against City being a better result for the West London side than their rivals due to a five-point advantage at the top of the table, Costa will now miss games against Aston Villa and Everton.

The one positive to the Brazilian-born centre forward’s ban is that he will get a well-needed rest ahead of the business end of the season.

Costa has started 19 games this season and despite being a physical player, the rigours of English football and the festive period fixture list in particular can take their toll.

The striker is a fiery character and will come back with a real point to prove, with his next involvement with the side set to be in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

When Costa is motivated and at his best he is virtually unplayable and as such if the Blues can get through the next couple of domestic games without him they could well be better off when their key man returns.

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