Diego Costa has a good scoring record against Tottenham with 2 goals in as many games against our London rivals, but he was surprisingly named on the bench for the recent match at White Hart Lane. Costa continuously through tantrums in the sidelines with television cameras capturing the Spaniard throwing a bib that almost fell on top of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager is not the one to take such tantrums easily, but José came out in defence of his striker.
There have been suggestions of a rift between the two, but these are baseless allegations by some media. As of now, Costa is not a great bet when it comes to the Premiership fantasy football team. Even when Costa was going through a goal drought that stretched more than 600 minutes, Mourinho was constantly reiterating that he was happy with the player and his work rate. Speaking after the Tottenham game, Mourinho said:
“If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems. I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be [put] on the bench.
“Everybody was on the bench. The captain [John Terry] was on the bench. Ivanovic was on the bench. Cahill – the vice-captain of England was on the bench. Fabregas was on the bench. Pedro was on the bench. Hazard – player of the season – was on the bench. Oscar was on the bench. Everybody.
“So Diego is privileged I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision.”
Mourinho chose to go with Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been criticised for being off colour throughout the season, but there are signs that he is hitting form. Against Spurs, Hazard made some interesting runs and lead the line well. He had a great defensive awareness and there were some close opportunities too. Yet, the lack of a finishing touch is likely to see this little experiment done away with for the next match.