Diego Costa has not been shy in the media as of late when it comes to voicing his displeasure with Chelsea. Over the weekend, he claimed to have been treated “like a criminal,” and, in between criticisms of manager Antonio Conte and airings of past grievances, explicitly stated his desire to leave the club. “I must return to Atlético Madrid.
With John Brooks out three months thanks to a horribly timed thigh injury, the United States yet again has to scramble to fill a void at the back. In the successful Gold Cup this past summer, with a largely domestic squad in place, Omar Gonzalez saw the bulk of the time at central defender, with Matt Besler his partner through the final two matches. The most obvious choice to start September 1st against Costa Rica and likely shoo-in should he remain healthy for the next two weeks is Geoff Cameron. The 32-year-old has been back and forth between defense and midfield with club and country, and although he has publicly acknowledged his preference for a spot higher up the pitch, he was used in a back-three in Stoke City’s Premier League opener last weekend and is steadiest at the back.
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs team play host to bitter rivals Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, as the Lilywhites play their first home game of the season at the national stadium. Coming into the game off the back of a clinical display against a depleted Newcastle team, the north Londoners meet an equally diminished Blues side, with suspensions and injuries making this the perfect time for Spurs to square off with Antonio Conte's side. Indeed, the Blues come into this game on the back of a shock opening day defeat to Burnley in which senior pros Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas both received red cards. On top of this, the club were already without midfield dynamos Eden Hazard and Pedro through