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Can Mourinho inspire Costa's best? Plus: brilliant Barca, Arsenal injuries

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho must punish Costa in some way to maintain order at the club.

Jose Mourinho once told me that managing people required a bespoke approach.

"If John Terry has a bad game, I can get in his face and shout at him and call him a f------ a--h--- and tell him he let everyone down; the fans, the players, the club," said Mourinho. "And I know that if I do that, I'll get the right response and he'll come back stronger. But if I talk to, say, William Gallas that way after a bad game, it will backfire. I might lose him. He might withdraw. With Gallas, I need to put my...

 By Mark Worrall

Cesc Fabregas toils for Chelsea again in Blues' draw at Tottenham

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Tottenham missed a golden opportunity to close in on the leaders in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

Chelsea played out an entertaining 0-0 draw with London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a game that had promised to deliver goals but in the end failed to do so.

Jose Mourinho made a bold statement over the form and function of striker Diego Costa by dropping the Spain international to the bench. With recognised forwards Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao missing from the match-day squad, Mourinho opted to play Eden Hazard in the so-called False No.9 role.

While Hazard enjoyed more freedom than...

Chelsea frustrated at Tottenham as Diego Costa watches from the bench

Tottenham entered this match aiming to finish top four, however both Chelsea and Spurs ended the day sharing the points.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Tottenham missed a golden opportunity to close in on the leaders in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Diego Costa is lucky to be the last player to be benched.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says it's a good feeling that they played as the bigger club against Chelsea.
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says although the Spurs were tired, it was not an excuse and they will take the draw.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard says the point on the road at White Hart Lane was a good result for his side.

LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

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1. Chelsea continue slow recovery

Sunday's goalless draw was a good point for both sides at White Hart Lane, and yet there was also the lingering feeling this was a missed chance.

As they did in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal, Tottenham failed to claim the win that would have pushed them from mere Champions League chasers to title challengers. Meanwhile, Chelsea failed to get the win that really would have gotten them back...

 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea seek win at Spurs to boost faltering season under Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have plenty to play for this season despite their lowly league position

After recording back-to-back victories for the first time since September, a small degree of belief has been injected back into the under-pressure Chelsea squad.

While a cutting edge might have been found wanting in the 1-0 win over Norwich and the 4-0 triumph at Maccabi Tel Aviv, the overall standard of play in each match illustrated that performances are moving in the right direction. But while Norwich and Maccabi were both expected to be beaten, now comes the true test of where the Premier League...

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Chelsea want Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira; Jamie Vardy worth £30m to Leicester

This Black Friday ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth and Alexis Nunes discuss potential January sales in the Rumour Rater.
Alex Teixeira is the latest star Brazilian set to leave Shakhtar for big money.

The winter window draws closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.

TOP STORY: Chelsea want Shakhtar star Alex Teixeira

With Chelsea starting to doubt if Diego Costa's long-term future lies at Stamford Bridge, the search is on for another top-class forward to get the misfiring Spain international back on track and to rescue the Premier League champions' season.

The Express...

 By Nick Miller

Will Chelsea's mini-revival continue against Spurs?

The ESPN FC panel discuss Diego Costa's poor goal-scoring form this season.

Tottenham and Chelsea could not have started their 2015-16 Premier League campaigns any differently. ESPN FC takes a look at the five biggest questions ahead of Saturday's crunch match.

1. Will Chelsea's mini-revival continue?

It has been a calamitous season for Chelsea, but the last couple of games have offered a hint of hope. Their performances in the past two games, wins against Norwich and Maccabi Tel Aviv, while still not exactly being entirely convincing, suggest Jose Mourinho might be able...