Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Chelsea are too nice without Diego Costa in the team and doesn’t think Alvaro Morata is as intimidating as Costa.
“Alvaro [Morata] is a big talent but I wonder if Chelsea are missing the nastiness of Diego Costa up front,” Cascarino told The Times.
“Morata is such an honest player: last night he literally picked up Federico Fazio when the Roma defender fell to the floor.
“I can just imagine Costa shoving Fazio aside if he had been in the same position.
“Morata scores plenty of goals and is a fine all-round player, but Costa was always on the edge; bullying people, fouling or being fouled.
“Perhaps Chelsea as a whole have become nicer to play against. I remember I would pick up opponents in the early part of my career but, by the end, I certainly didn’t.
“I learned that no centre back would do the same for me.”