Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa’s superlative start to his Chelsea career proves the club was “right waiting for him.”
The Spain striker returned from a hamstring injury sustained on international duty to hog the headlines after scoring thrice in the 4-2 win over Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The hat-trick makes the 25-year-old the first player to score seven goals in his opening four Premier League matches.
And having struggled to find the right attacking option in the trophy-less campaign last term, Mourinho is delighted with his £32m buy, who only arrived in the close-season.
“If the team plays well he has to score goals. Seven goals in four Premier League matches are maybe too much – we cannot expect him to have 14 goals after eight matches. It surprises me because it’s not normal – you cannot repeat it in a cyclical way,”. said Mourinho.
“He’s comfortable in the team. I think now everybody knows Chelsea did the right thing in waiting for him and not going to the market in the last summer of 2013 or in January this year, just to buy a striker.
“If he keeps scoring a few goals, a few goals gives points and points help the team to be in the top part of the table.”
The South Wales club pulled ahead on 11 minutes, when John Terry diverted Neil Taylor’s left-wing cross into his own net after a sluggish start from the hosts.
Costa made the best of an assist from fellow summer signing Cesc Fabregas, who also became the first player in the English top-tier history to assist in six consecutive games, as both sides went into the interval tied.
He completed his hat-trick after the break before deadline day recruit Loic remy extended Chelsea’s advantage.
Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back for the visitors but it was all but consolation as the ‘Blues’ became the only side to have earned maximum points from their four league games this season.
He added: “Diego Costa is one of the best strikers we have at this moment in football. The team is an attacking team that creates a lot, creates spaces for a striker. The second goal is a brilliant collective action and Cesc Fabregas had a fantastic assist.
“We were too comfortable in the first half, not creating super dangerous situations. In the second half we started pressing them very well, did not give them time to play, started creating and playing more attacking football. It could have been five or six.”
Mourinho also hailed Remy’s cameo performance and described the French striker’s goal as “special” in front of the faithful.
Chelsea now face Schalke at home in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and make their first trip to Manchester next Saturday to take on the reigning champions, who dropped points away to Arsenal yesterday.