Mourinho refuses to reveal Remy or Costa decision

Date published: Friday 25th September 2015 3:13

Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao: Competing for Chelsea place in Diego Costa's absence

Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao: Competing for Chelsea place in Diego Costa's absence

Jose Mourinho has refused to disclose whether Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy will start for Chelsea at Newcastle in the absence of Diego Costa.

Costa begins a three-match suspension handed to him retrospectively by the Football Association for clashing with Laurent Koscielny in Chelsea’s win over Arsenal last weekend.

Mourinho says Chelsea – the banned Costa and injured Thibuat Courtois aside – go into Saturday evening’s match with a full squad after Willian was passed fit.

When questioned who would play up front in Costa’s absence, Mourinho would only say: “I have no doubt about the quality of my three strikers.

“All my strikers are very good players. The motivation for players is to try and play every time.

“But I don’t think facing his old club Newcastle is any extra motivation for Remy.”

Newcastle go into the match in the Premier League’s relegation zone after a torrid start to the season, but Mourinho is refusing to underestimate his opponents given he’s yet to taste victory at St James’ Park.

“It is a difficult league. Newcastle lost to Watford and West Ham; they are good teams. The distance between these teams and the others is getting smaller. This is the new reality.”

The form of Kurt Zouma has been a major plus for Chelsea this season and Mourinho was quick to praise his versatility.

“He has a strong mentality, but he is also a very humble guy,” Mourinho said of the 20-year-old.

“Kurt’s best position is centre-back but he can play midfield and left-back and is important because of that.”

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