Jose Mourinho has revealed Diego Costa will start in Chelsea's clash with Manchester City, but still has fears over the striker's problematic hamstring.
It says a lot about Chelsea's current form that before a big game, there was no big statement from Jose Mourinho, no big goad.
It made quite a contrast to the buildup for his side's previous league trip to Manchester City, when the manager criticised their application of financial fair play. Here, ahead of a match that could already set a tone for the title race in terms of how far apart the two clubs are in the table, Mourinho was unwilling to even discuss how close they are as teams.
"I don't want...
The ESPN FC panel break down this week's UEFA Champions League Team of the Week.
The highest level of European soccer has gotten us used to seeing very tight games, in which the rivals study each other without risking the first move, and in which the prodigious tactical discipline of both teams makes it so that, with such little margin for error, mere details are what define the outcome.
The opening games of the UEFA Champions League were another example of this phenomenon, especially in the matches that beforehand promised to be the round's most interesting, between teams...