Jose Mourinho reveals that Diego Costa is in with a chance of making the squad that faces Swansea City on Saturday.
The forward got a knock while on international duty with Spain and remains in doubt for the match against the Swans.
In fact, Chelsea and Swansea are the only teams with a hundred per cent record so far this season, so Saturday’s opposition is not to be taken lightly.
After making a brilliant start to the season by beating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford, Garry Monk’s side continued to flourish before the international break.
Another two wins at home to Burnley and West Bromwich respectively showed glimpses of great quality, with the 3-0 win against West Brom as the pick of the two.
Their key players so far this season are Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Dyer is their top scorer with three goals from three matches, and Sigurdsson has assisted four and scored the winner at Old Trafford.
If we manage to neutralise their influence to the match, Sigurdsson in particular, their main source of attacking threat will be gone and they will begin to struggle going forward.
Having said that, on paper this is a team we should beat if we are to lift the trophy in May, despite their fantastic start this term.
Monk will assess their main target man, Wilfried Bony, before kick-off to see if he is able to play after coming back from international duty with Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
As mentioned, Costa remains a doubt ahead of the Swansea match, though besides that there should be no other injury concerns to our international players returning from duty.
The manager will probably field much of the same players that have started the previous three matches, with Eden Hazard back from a small achilles injury that kept him out of the Belgium squad.
Loic Remy, who scored for France against Spain last week, could get his debut right from the off should Costa be injured, otherwise he is likely to come on as a sub during the game.
Mourinho is aware of the threat from the Welsh side but is hopeful and is expecting a good result.
We have nine points and we want to have 12. If that’s not possible then we want 10 at least. We go game by game, we won’t change direction in terms of what we want to do and what we have to do to play well and win matches.
We are going for a 3-1 win with a debut goal from Remy, either from the bench or from kick off. What is your prediction?