TEAM NEWS: Costa dropped as Mourinho hands Hazard striker role (TEAM LINE UP)
The Spain international has struggled for form thus far this season and has subsequently been left out of the starting XI to face bitter London rivals Tottenham
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dropped Diego Costa to the bench for his side’s trip to Tottenham.
The Spain international has struggled for form this season, with Eden Hazard replacing him as a central striker.
Speculation persists over Costa’s future after a supposed row with Mourinho during midweek, and he is absent from the XI to face Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form side at White Hart Lane, while John Terry misses out through injury.
Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill form Chelsea’s centre-back partnership, while Asmir Begovic continues in goal in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, and Willian, Oscar and Pedro provide support to Hazard.
Spurs are without the suspended Dele Alli, so Ryan Mason deputises in midfield, along with Eric Dier, who has thrived in a defensive midfield role thus far this season.