“Loic has a muscular injury. I don’t know the dimension and I’m not worried. When a player is injured, play another one,” said Chelsea manager Mourinho following Tuesday’s comprehensive win at Stamford Bridge.Asked whether Costa would be available, he added: “No, I don’t expect him to be.”Mourinho insisted he was not concerned at his dwindling attacking options despite admitting before the Maribor game Drogba was not yet ready to play a full 90 minutes.Drogba was introduced in place of Remy against the Slovenians and capped his display with his side’s second goal from the penalty spot, the striker’s first for Chelsea since returning to Stamford Bridge during the last transfer window.“I was not expecting him to play 75 minutes tonight (Tuesday),” Mourinho said. “I spoke with him yesterday and we spoke about 30 minutes. But the circumstances were he had to go on.– Chelsea don’t cry – “He was comfortable to play 75 minutes. It was very, very important for Didier. The best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play,” the Portuguese boss explained.He added: “We are playing well, we are getting good results. We don’t cry about injuries. It’s our philosophy, we don’t cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else.”Drogba was given the opportunity to score his first Chelsea goal since converting the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final shoot-out when Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s designated penalty taker, responded to the veteran’s request to take the spot-kick.Mourinho said he was unhappy at the switch but accepted Drogba’s strike will provide the player with a major boost.“Players like to score goals. Strikers like to score goals,” said Mourinho. “He was not for a long time on the pitch in previous matches.“His last goal for Chelsea was the most important goal in the history of the club.He added: “I was surprised that Eden Hazard gave the ball to Didier Drogba for the penalty. I wasn’t particularly pleased, no. I have my choices and Hazard is number one. Because it was a goal, I was happy.“I don’t like. They have the freedom to do it. They can do it, but he has to score.”Drogba’s 22nd minute penalty put Chelsea two up and John Terry added a third goal before the break.Chelsea maintained the momentum in the second half with a Mitja Viler own goal and two efforts from Hazard, the first a penalty, completing the victory.Victory put Chelsea two points clear at the head of group G but Mourinho said it was too soon to talk of the Champions League trophy returning to Stamford Bridge.“We are in the group phase,” he said. “We play three matches. To be in the final you have to play 12 and qualify for the final. Long way to go. I think it’s premature to speak about that.Maribor coach Ante Simundza said: “A team like Chelsea has great individuals and that can make you look lost. But we were hit by three goals on the break.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, October 22- Jose Mourinho insisted he was not worried by the prospect of running short of forward options ahead of Sunday’s visit to Manchester United after confirming Loic Remy and Diego Costa will both miss Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford.Remy limped out of the Blues’ comprehensive 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor after scoring the 14th minute opening goal and with Costa sidelined with a hamstring injury, Didier Drogba will start for the Premier League leaders against Louis van Gaal’s side despite Mourinho admitting the veteran is not fully match fit.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ethan Hawke, whose split from Uma Thurman caused a tabloid frenzy, says being part of a celebrity couple can be hard on the ego. “It’s unfair when one person’s career is taking off and the other is really suffering,” the 36-year-old actor tells AMC’s “Shootout” in an interview slated to air Sunday. “What happens – it’s not that they’re jealous of each other; it’s that the person you share your life with isn’t in the mood to support,” Hawke says. “You want to have a pity party for yourself, but they’re off to the Golden Globes and you don’t want to go because everyone is going to think you are jealous.” Hawke and Thurman were married in 1998. She filed for divorce in 2004. The couple have two children. “There’s a certain geometry to life – that life has a certain math equation to it and if you’re never together, you can’t build a home,” Hawke says. “Joanne Woodward put her career on the back burner for that marriage (to Paul Newman) to last. And something’s got to give.” Hawke received an Oscar nomination for his role in 2001’s “Training Day.” His film credits also include “Dead Poets Society,” “Great Expectations” and “Before Sunset.” Thurman, 37, has starred in “The Producers” and the “Kill Bill” movies. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.”
REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bosnia media outlet sportsport.ba say things were so heated Dzeko actually got hold of El Shaarawy and ‘hung him by a hanger on the wall’ of the dressing room. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Roma went into the break 1-0 down, with Mohamed Fares firing the 15th placed club into the lead just after the 20 minute mark.Roma have not commented on the alleged row, and a new report appears to have revealed what occurred during the rumoured half-time brawl. gameday cracker 2 The row between Dzeko and El Shaarawy is reported to have turned physical Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED LIVE on talkSPORT ADVICE RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Earlier reports suggested the row never descended into any physical action from either player involved, though Dzeko is said to have been trying to get to his team-mate only to be restrained by Roma players Federico Fazio and Robin Olsen.Claudio Ranieri, the Roma manager, was reportedly shocked by the dressing room scenes, though he managed to calm Dzeko and El Shaarawy down before the second half got under way. REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ranieri was appointed Roma manager earlier this month no dice West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… shining BEST OF Roma suffered a shock defeat at relegation battling SPAL in their last match before the international break, and various reports claimed a row broke out between the club’s players during the half-time interval.Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko, the forwards, are believed to have had a furious row in the Roma dressing room as the latter was angered by El Shaarawy’s refusal to pass him the ball throughout the first half. huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS However, El Shaarawy did not return to the pitch for the second period, with Ranieri keeping Dzeko on instead – despite his wishes to keep playing both forwards.Roma ended up losing, with Andrea Petagna netting SPAL’s winner after Diego Perotti equalised from the penalty spot.The Giallorossi, who were knocked out the Champions League by Porto earlier this month, now trail Serie A’s top four by four points.