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Mourinho makes cow jibe over Newcastle tactics

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This one looks like a Newcastle fan. Credit: PA

Frustrated Chelsea manager is finding it difficult to moo-ve on from Saturday's defeat against Newcastle.

The Portuguese manager has been moo-aning about the tactics deployed by Alan Pardew's side, suggesting they may as well have parked a cow on the pitch at St James' Park.

You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch. And then stop the game because there was a cow.

You cannot do just anything in football. You have to defend with your 10 men, put the 10 men on the goal line, park the bus, but football needs a ball. Not two or zero. Do what you can to win but not everything.

Sometimes there were zero balls and that cuts the dynamic of the team who is trying to win the game.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Newcastle v Chelsea starting line-ups

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#NUFC v @chelseafc (4-3-3): Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), S.Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback; Ameobi, Perez, Cabella.

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#NUFC subs v @chelseafc: Alnwick, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse.

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Team to face Newcastle: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC

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Today's subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba. #CFC

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Diego Costa will start Chelsea's Premier League trip to Newcastle on Saturday after suspension.

The Spain hitman will return for the Blues at St James' Park even though both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy both found the net in Wednesday's 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Gary Cahill is fit to face the Magpies despite picking up a head knock against Spurs, with Ramires and John Obi Mikel competing to replace the suspended Nemanja Matic.

Provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Costa, Mikel, Shurrle, Remy, Drogba, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Schwarzer.

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