Guus Hiddink has suggested he might limit Diego Costa’s playing time, saying he might have to put him on a leash.
Costa has been pivotal to Chelsea’s revival, scoring 10 goals and having six assists in his last 14 appearances.
Hiddink suggested he might rest the Spain international against Stoke, but has confirmed he’ll start.
“He [Costa] won’t have a full game. We monitor them with the data. He is in perfect physical shape, but we must not give him an overload in games, but he is difficult to stop,” Hiddink said.
“He wants to play every game – but I must be careful with that. Tomorrow [Saturday] he will start.
“There is always a danger of going over. If i share those figures with him, he can be rational too. Sometimes I have to put him on the leash.
“Big clubs know you must have a regular season, then in March and April everyone is queuing up, the rewards are there. You have to be there on top as a team and as a player.”