César Azpilicueta has been one of Antonio Conte’s undroppables so far this season, playing every single minute of every single Premier League game for Chelsea and starting all but one game in all competitions. He’s missed but 70 minutes of the Blues’ season thus far.
Diego Costa is high up in the minutes played list as well, but he was out of action last weekend thanks to a back injury and/or training ground row and/or transfer shenanigans. The exact reasons depend on whether you believe the manager and the other players, or if you believe the media reports. Either way, Costa appears to be back and ready to go tomorrow against Hull City, and that makes Azpilicueta happy.
“Obviously it’s good to have him back. [But] when he was suspended against Bournemouth we were able to win. The strength of the squad is really important, you cannot play with the same players all season.”
Azpilicueta was apparently on media duty this week as he also sat down for a quick interview with beIN Sports as well.
“It’s good to have our good players on the pitch and hopefully he can keep that run of goals going. [...] To keep wining, is what we want.”
“Obviously after the Tottenham game we were disappointed. That was a tough loss, but we knew that it wouldn’t be easy. You have to bounce back. We didn’t any other option than just to work the next day. We had a good win [in the cup], and [then] we played a really good game in Leicester.”
Antonio Conte did not go as far as to confirm on Friday that Costa will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday, but given the lengths to which he’s gone to indulge journalists’ questions and consistently shoot down any untoward speculation, the club’s leading goalscorer is bound to be leading the line as usual against the Tigers.