Amidst the recent turmoil which has mired Chelsea, the Blues striker Diego Costa has given his support to boss Jose Mourinho calling him one of the best managers in the world and claiming the Portuguese manager was one of the reasons he joined the Stamford Bridge club, reveal the Daily Mail.
The west London club won the Premier League title last term with three games to spare, but are now enduring their worst start to a campaign in over 37 years. They find themselves in 16th place after eight games, having won just twice and conceded 17 goals.
Last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton increased the pressure on Mourinho and that led to a crisis meeting between Chelsea’s supremos and the Portuguese, with the club later giving him a public vote of confidence.
Since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for a reported £32m in the summer of 2014, Costa has been a big hit for the Blues, netting 20 league goals in his debut season. The Brazil-born Spain striker has now disclosed that Mourinho was one of the reasons he joined the West London outfit.
“Ask a million players who they want as their managers, and they will all come back with a top-three list of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and “Cholo” (Diego) Simeone,” Costa said.
“He is one of the reasons I joined Chelsea, because when you have a manager who is always in the title race and always playing in the Champions League, competing at the top level, it’s going to help you develop and become a better player, and help you win titles.”
Meanwhile, Costa has come in for flaks this term following his poor performances having scored just two goals – one in the league and the other in the Champions League. The 27-year old missed Chelsea last three league games as he was serving a three-game ban but will return for the Blues when they entertain Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge after the international break.