Mourinho happy to risk Costa

September 30, 2014
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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Diego Costa will start Chelsea's Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

The Spain international has been troubled by hamstring problems this season but has still managed to score eight goals in six Premier League matches, including one in Saturday's 3-0 victory against Aston Villa.

He was used as a substitute a fortnight ago when Chelsea opened their European campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Schalke at Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho has no plans to rest him in Portugal.

"Diego starts," said Mourinho ahead of the Group G clash at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

"There is a risk, yes, but he plays. We assume the risk and he plays. Hopefully everything goes well and hopefully from Tuesday until Sunday he has enough period of time to be back again on track and to play against Arsenal.

"It's an important game for us against Sporting, a difficult game, and if I can play my best players and the team I think is the best team to try to get the best result, I'm not going to make any change.

"I don't rest people. I make decisions. I don't think about Arsenal - I think about Sporting and I'm going to start with the team that I think is the best team."

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