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Jose Mourinho Plays Down Expectations For Chelsea Star Diego Costa

Diego Costa has started brilliantly during his time at Chelsea…

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has moved to calm expectations of prolific striker Diego Costa, who netted a hat-trick against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

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Costa’s goals helped Chelsea come from behind to claim a 4-2 victory over the Swans at Stamford Bridge, with debutant Loic Remy claiming the fourth and final goal. A John Terry own goal had initially put the visitors ahead, while Jonjo Shelvey netted the late consolation.

The Spaniard has now netted seven times in four Premier League matches, but Mourinho is keen to ensure that supporters do not get carried away with their new star man’s form: “Seven goals in four Premier League matches is maybe too much,” he said. “We cannot expect that after eight matches he has 14 goals. I think it’s asking too much.

“But the way he is playing, if he keeps scoring a few goals, a few goals give points, and points help the team to be in the top part of the table. Seven goals in four matches has surprised me because it is something that is not normal.

“You cannot repeat it in a cyclic way – four matches, seven goals, four matches, seven goals. Maybe in the next four matches he’ll score two goals.

“But he’s comfortable in the team. The team was built in a way where we were waiting for a certain type of striker and I think now everybody knows that Chelsea did the right thing by waiting for him and not going to the market in the summer of 2013 or January 2014 just to buy a striker. Chelsea did well by waiting for the right one.”

Costa has been compared favourably with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who also made a prolific start to his career at Stamford Bridge. Asked about the comparison, Mourinho added: “Didier had a fantastic career at Chelsea and Diego is showing that he can have the same profile of career.”

Victory for Chelsea saw them move clear at the top of the Premier League, maintaining the only remaining 100% record in the division. Meanwhile, title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw, while Liverpool lost at home to Aston Villa. However, Mourinho insisted he is only interested in his own team’s performances at this stage of the season.

“For me, there is no context,” he stressed. “At the moment it is about playing. You cannot go into mathematics now. Mathematics is when there are 10 matches to go and how many points you need to finish first, second or in the Champions League. At the moment it is just about playing and trying to get the maximum possible points.”

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