Jose Mourinho says that in-form striker Diego Costa would be “nothing” without his Chelsea team-mates.
The Brazilian-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth just over £30m during the summer and has made a stunning start to life at Stamford Bridge.
With 11 goals to his name already, Costa is widely being dubbed the missing piece of the Chelsea team, who came close to securing the Premier League title last term but ultimately missed out due to a lack of firepower.
But Mourinho feels that the rest of his squad deserve credit, with the spiky forward’s form owing much to the creativity and work rate around him.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Schalke, he said:
“Without the team Diego has behind him, Diego is nothing,
“He’s playing well and scoring goals but the team is producing a lot.
“It’s not fair to speak about individuals when the team is very good.”
“The players are playing really well in every competition. Nothing comes for free, or with luck.
“Even the draws we had were matches when we were closer to winning than losing – a missed penalty against Maribor, a goal in the last second against Man United.
“We are getting good results because the players are doing really well.”