1. Diego Costa is playing a risky game
With Chelsea’s form so poor, manager Jose Mourinho has dropped John Terry, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic, yet Diego Costa somehow avoided the axe. It has taken four months for Mourinho’s patience to run out over the £32m striker, and having witnessed his poor attitude on the bench at White Hart Lane, it must be asked, whom does he think he is to sulk over not starting? Costa – on top form – is a centre forward key to the Blues’ style of play, but having scored just three Premier League goals in 970 minutes of domestic action this season, Mourinho had to make a change. While no player likes to sit on the bench, it’s the reaction to the decision that draws respect – and Costa’s response certainly hasn’t earned him any new supporters. Perhaps those summer rumours of him pining for a return to Atletico Madrid really were true. And if his attitude doesn’t change between now and the end of the campaign, there may be few blocking his exit.
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Chelsea are finally expressing signs of getting their season back on track after impressing in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
While the scoreline didn’t live up to expectations for the neutrals, there were plenty of talking points from the clash.
Find out five things learned about the Blues after the result in north London by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.