Jose Mourinho has lauded the strength in depth his title-contending Chelsea side possess, and claimed that he ‘didn’t remember’ star striker Diego Costa during last night’s 3-0 home humbling of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Special One’s Blues ensured that their unbeaten run continued in fine fashion, with goals coming courtesy of Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy.
Despite the fact that they were without talismanic forward Costa, who was serving a one-match suspension for picking up another yellow card during the drab 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the weekend, Chelsea looked a dominant force, and the Spain international’s deputies both conducted themselves well.
After the match, when asked if he had been worried about Costa’s absence, Mourinho responded in a carefree manner, and revealed his belief that his side are equipped to whether all but the most crippling injury woes, according to the Daily Mail.
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"We need Costa, but I think our mentality is the right mentality," said Mourinho.
"We don’t have a player? We don’t cry about it. You give confidence to the others and the others respond in the best way.
‘We’ll play another one, like Diego Costa. Did you remember Diego Costa tonight? I didn’t. We give confidence to the other people."
With the Blues currently on course to set a new Premier League record it’s hard to argue the toss with regards to Mourinho’s boasts. Although he presided over a trophy-less season last term there’s a new aura surrounding Stamford Bridge, and the spine of their squad is arguably one of the best to be found in world football at the moment.
One player who has been exceptionally important for Chelsea so far this term, and one who will be missing for the trip to Newcastle this weekend through suspension, is Nemanja Matic.
The combative midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the rout of Spurs, and the lack of his presence could be a pivotal factor with regards to which way the pendulum swings come Saturday.
However Mourinho once again expressed an overriding confidence in his squad’s ability to cope with the loss of key players, and feels that the loss of Matic won’t be catastrophic enough to halt his team’s momentum.
"Matic is suspended? No problem, no problem," the 51-year-old said.
"We don’t cry when somebody cannot play. Obviously Matic is playing fantastically well for us. But that’s the way we think. To forget him.
"We don’t cry when somebody cannot play. Obviously Matic is playing fantastically well for us. But that’s the way we think. To forget him"
"December is a difficult month and it’s almost impossible for players to play every game this month - certainly later in the month so I have to change some players.
"Of course, Diego Costa is already rested and now Matic is suspended for one game so he will be rested."
In Newcastle Chelsea will face an opponent who have endured mixed fortunes of late. Alan Pardew’s side started the season woefully, before collecting points from a decent run of fixtures that propelled them up the table. Currently 9th, the Magpies shouldn’t pose too much of a problem, but they do have players of a good enough calibre to make them a potential banana skin.