The Sun (Malaysia)
Players all want Mourinho to stay and fight: Remy
DIEGO COSTA is confident that he will recover to play in what could be Jose Mourinho’s last stand, against Liverpool tomorrow.
Costa was assessed after picking up a rib injury in Tuesday’s League Cup defeat at Stoke City.
The outlook was thought to be optimistic, the initial assessment suggesting that the injury is just bruising, rather than a fracture.
Chelsea will need their controversial spearhead fully fit for one of the biggest games of their recent history.
Chelsea have taken just 11 points from their first 10 Premier League games – almost relegation form – and have lost at home to Crystal Palace and Southampton already. Mourinho cannot afford many more reverses like those.
If Costa does not play, though, Loic Rémy is ready to lead the line in his absence.
The France international striker insisted that the whole Chelsea squad was still behind Mourinho and that, contrary to appearances, the players were “not affected” by the obvious crisis at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s important for him to stay and we don’t want to give up,” Remy said of Mourinho.
“We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don’t want him to leave. I think all the players don’t want that.
“The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well.
“I’m sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner.”
Remy did admit, though, that tomorrow would be important.
“I’m really sure that Saturday will be a big game, but we can still be in the top four of the League if we win games,” he said.
“It does look and feel like, after losing on penalties, that things aren’t going our way. But the quality is still here.” – The Independent