The Stamford Bridge outfit will need him at his best for the Champions League clash…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is worried that Diego Costa will not be at his best in their Champions League last 16 first leg against PSG on Tuesday, reports the Sun.
The 26-year-old has been on the sidelines for the last three games due to a suspension, and the Portuguese is hoping that this hasn’t caused him to lose his rhythm. As the Brazilian is the Blues’ top scorer with 17 goals this season they will want him to be at his best against the Ligue 1 champions.
Mourinho said, “A long rest is not good for Diego — or any player. A little rest is welcome for everyone, a big rest doesn’t make good for the players. So we are not going to see the best Diego. I hope I’m wrong but probably he will need this game to try to get it.
“We organised a game three or four days ago with the kids for him to compete. We tried to replicate competition for him but it’s different.”
Despite being worried about the forward’s form, the 53-year-old did confirm that he would start the crunch fixture. If he struggles the Stamford Bridge outfit still have Didier Drogba and Loic Remy to come off the bench in the position.
He continued, “But I know his hunger to play and the Champions League scenario is a scenario that every player enjoys. Yes, I will start him. But I don’t think it’s good for a player to be three weeks, or three matches, without starting a game. So I don’t think he’s in the best of his condition.
Whoever plays up front for Chelsea on Tuesday evening will be up against a former Blue in David Luiz. The centre-back only left the side in the summer for a massive £50 million transfer fee.