José Mourinho hails hat trick hero Diego Costa.


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed hat-trick hero Diego Costa after they beat Swansea City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

It had looked like being a tough afternoon for the Blues when the visiting Jacks took the lead through a John Terry own goal.

But after some tinkering by the Portuguese manager, the Spanish striker hit three goals, which takes his tally after four games to seven.

And Mourinho believes he has been aided by the fact his team-mates have also hit the ground running this season.

He said: “Credit to Diego Costa, it’s not easy to come from abroad and a different culture. To come here and score seven goals in four matches is brilliant.

“If the team is playing well it’s easier for players to adapt. Even Loic Remy, after two or three days of training, looked comfortable and scored a goal.”

Mourinho, though, has warned that to compare Costa and compatriot Fernando Torres, who has joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, would be unfair.

Torres only managed 20 Premier League goals in 110 games for Chelsea and Costa now seems set to eclipse that number in just a few outings, but the Portuguese has stood up for the man on loan in Serie A.

“It’s not nice to compare,” he added. “They are completely different players but Diego Costa is getting what Fernando Torres couldn’t, which is fantastic confidence.

“Fernando is a fantastic guy, a fantastic player and has a CV Diego doesn’t have so we have to respect Fernando.”