Jose Mourinho reveals how many games he expects Diego Costa to play before end of the season

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects Diego Costa to play four of their remaining games after he limped off in last weekend's 2-1 win over Stoke City.

Costa is the only absentee for Mourinho's men ahead of their short journey to Loftus Road this weekend, where they will take on a Queens Park Rangers side fighting for their Premier League survival.

The Blues boss told reporters: "If he plays four matches it's normal. Three is a little bit below what I expect, five is a little more."

If Mourinho's expectations about his star striker are correct, then he could miss huge games against Manchester United and Arsenal, but may be available for the visits of Crystal Palace and Liverpool in May.

When asked whether he thinks the QPR clash is a bigger game for the home side than his own - who are seven points clear in the title race having played a game less than their closest rivals - he disagreed and vowed not to get complacent; suggesting that teams within eight points of his side are still in the hunt.

Mourinho said: "We have to win every game. We have to win the next game and we don't think about the points we have or the match in hand.

"Mathematically it is open. Any team with less than 21 points distance from us is mathematically in the race. A team with seven, eight points is still in the race."

Ahead of the visit to QPR in particular, Mourinho admits he has been told to expect a pretty hostile atmosphere.

He went on: "I never played there, I don't know but that's what people tell me.

"We go to play, I go to win, the people in the stands can play a role but can not score goals. I'm not worried, I just focus on playing our game and trying to win."

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