Chelsea boss delighted with strikers during Diego Costa absence

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was delighted with the performance of his strikers in their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

Mourinho was without summer signing Diego Costa for this fixture with the Spaniard on a suspension, however he was not missed as Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, and substitute Loic Remy all got their names on the scoresheet.

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The Blues are now six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, and the Chelsea manager was extremely pleased with his side’s display.

Most important is our approach,” he told Sky Sports. “We don’t cry because somebody is suspended, we just try to be positive and give confidence to the players that are going to play.

“I didn’t want to speak about Diego not playing because I know what I have. There was no Diego but Drogba and Remy both scored. They don’t play so many minutes but when they play they are there.”

Their opponent Spurs did give Mourinho some nervy moments early on, but the Lilywhites could not take advantage of their dominance before the Chelsea goal.

“We had difficult moments that weren’t our fault,” he said. “You have to give Tottenham credit, they started very well in both halves. They are a very good team, they have the principles of their game well established and it is not easy to play against them so we have to be happy.

“If they had scored when [Harry] Kane hit the bar or the chance then the game could have been different. They went for it, but after that our team was strong and defended very well.”