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Costa: We need everyone 'to give a little more'

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Here come the positive words and the pick-me-ups.  Listen up, General Costa's talking.

"To come out of this we need to be all together, and for everyone to give a little more. We are not playing well, this is not a good moment, but we have players to get out of this easily."

-Diego Costa; source: ESPN

Costa looked quite good at times on Tuesday, one of the few bright spots in what often was rather lackluster play from Chelsea.  The two-match enforced rest seems to have done him good, based on this limited sampling.  On another day, he even gets lucky and his shot dips under the crossbar rather than clang off of it.  Or he gets a more favorable penalty call from the fifth official standing five feet away.  Unfortunately, we will not see Diego in action again until the middle of next month.  He will be serving the final game of his three-match suspension against Southampton, which is then followed by a two-week international break.

Hopefully both Rémy and Falcao had time to contemplate their poor individual forms after not even getting to make the trip to Porto and are truly ready to deputize for Costa this weekend.  While it's still not completely clear what was Mourinho's thinking with the squad selection — he also left out Oscar — he did get his expectation of a physical game proven correct by some margin.  Diego obviously was up for the challenge.

"We had the game under control. We knew it was going to be a physical game. We began well. Things changed when they scored, but we quickly equalised. In the second half the same thing happened -- we were lacking concentration at key moments of the game."

-Diego Costa; source: ESPN

Unfortunate, that, but we have to move on.  Recover.  Refocus.  To call Saturday's match against Southampton at Stamford Bridge a 'must win' is an understatement.

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