Loic Remy believes he has no choice but to try and replicate the physicality that Diego Costa brings to Chelsea's attacking line.
The France international started alongside Radamel Falcao in yesterday's 4-1 League Cup win over Walsall and, unlike his Colombian team-mate, impressed by scoring the Blues' second goal.
With Costa suspended for upcoming games against Newcastle United and Southampton, Remy is now the favourite to start ahead of Falcao when the Blues travel to St James' Park this Saturday.
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But Remy, who has had to survive off Costa's scraps since signing from Queens Park Rangers in 2014, cuts a slender, nimble figure when compared to the Brazilian.
That won't stop Remy trying to replicate what Costa brings to Chelsea other than goals. The 28-year-old is ready to try his best to make sure Costa's absence goes unnoticed.
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When asked if he can get physical for Chelsea, Remy told the Telegraph: “I don’t have a choice, I have to do it because when you play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best, 100 per cent, every game. Of course, I will do the best I can.
“We will miss Diego because he is so important to the team and winning games, but whoever is on the pitch we just try to do the best we can. It’s a shame for us to have lost him for three games.”
Since arriving in England, Remy has always proved he is capable of scoring goals, but Jose Mourinho has never considered him as a first-choice player in his one-striker system.
It comes with no surprise, then, that he considered leaving Stamford Bridge this summer. But after failing to secure a move, Remy is ready to knuckle down and help Chelsea get their title challenge back on track.
“I just want to feel better and now with the games coming, maybe I have the opportunity to play more,” said Remy. “We will see.
“It’s really difficult to spend so much time on the bench and then play, I can’t lie. The rhythm is not the same to compare with training. When you come in, you just need to do your best, but, of course, when you are not playing much it is more difficult to do that.
“I cannot complain, though. I want to play and when the manager gives me a chance I just try to score goals and give assists.
“I don’t put pressure on myself because I know my quality. The manager knows as well he can use me as a striker or on the side, so I don’t have any pressure.”
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