Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised the character of in-form striker Diego Costa for playing through the pain barrier.
The Spain international’s form has been impressive, make it – even more impressive – considering that he has been struggling with a hamstring issue that threatened to keep him out of the Blues’ top-flight fixtures against Everton and Swansea.
Mourinho revealed that he considered of resting Costa, but the 25-year-old was keen to play.
“The most important thing of a player’s character is what affects his performance as a player,” the manager said.
“Diego was a risk and a doubt before Everton, a risk and a doubt before Spain, a risk and a doubt before this Swansea game and he played all three games.”
“He is a risk and a doubt again for next Wednesday against Schalke (in the UEFA Champions League) because of an accumulation of matches, but nobody can stop him.”
“I tried to rest him, I tried to be sure, to be 100 per cent sure, but he goes on. He is a fantastic character. If the injury is a clear injury of course he will not play, but when the doubt is there and he has not the best feelings, but he feels he can play.”