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5 Chelsea players who could benefit from Jose Mourinho's departure

Costa has been a shadow of his of his self this season
Modified 19 Dec 2015, 18:22 IST

Mourinho parted ways with Chelsea on ‘mutual consent’ on ThursdayWith Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Chelsea coming to an end, there are a lot of if’s and but’s surrounding the conditions of the club now. Speculations regarding who will fill the shoes emptied by the departure of the Portuguese are gaining speed and rumours that the dressing room had a hand in the sacking of the manager are beginning to surface as well.The third season of Mourinho’s second spell with the Blues was filled with controversies surrounding players’ treatment, their relationship with the manager and even rumours of a mini-revolt. But now with the Portuguese gone the players who found it hard to perform at the level they wished to under him, might break out from their cocoon and help the club to get to a respectable position in the league table come May.Here we take a look at five players who could benefit themselves from Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

#1 Diego Costa

The cantankerous Chelsea striker was at his brilliant best when he was brought in by Chelsea before the 2014-15 season from Atletico Madrid, scoring 20 goals in the English Premier League. It was his blistering goalscoring form which helped the Blues to their fourth Premier League title.

However, since the start of this season, he seemed to have lost his mojo. The altercation with Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny early in the campaign made everyone question his on-field antics. As the season progressed, Costa’s form continued to dip and he was reportedly not happy with Jose Mourinho.

The Brazil-born striker was seen arguing with the manager during Chelsea’s Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv. The argument got so heated up that John Terry stepped in to restrain the striker as tensions were running high between the two. 

Mourinho later explained the incident and said, “I wanted him to do a certain movement that he didn't, I was disappointed. I reacted. He reacted too.”

“At half-time in the dressing room - a few kisses and a few cuddles.”

The 27-year-old was then benched for the London derby against Tottenham Hotspurs and Costa got so frustrated that he appeared to have thrown his training bib towards Mourinho.


“If he wants to hurt me, it's not with a bib,” said the manager after he was quizzed about the incident.

The ex-Atletico striker has scored just 4 goals for the London-based club in all competitions thus far, and now that Mourinho is no longer at helm of the club, he might gain some confidence and show the new manager that he is capable of much more than what he has done so far this term.

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Published 19 Dec 2015, 16:34 IST
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