Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink announced in his Friday press conference that Diego Costa broke his nose on an academy player’s head (side note: that kid must have a metal Terminator head) during training. He then dubbed his side “a Zorro team” in reference to the fact that Costa will be their fourth player to wear a mask this season.
Chelsea have been at the forefront of masked footballing for a number of years now. Here’s a look back…
Paulo “The Phantom of the Opera” Ferreira
Petr “Darth Vader” Cech
John “Transparent Nightmare” Terry
Honorable Mention: Michael Ballack (a former Chelsea player who wore a mask while playing against Chelsea, presumably to demonstrate his lasting affection for the club)
So if you’re scoring at home, that’s a rather strong masked starting XI of Cech; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ferreira; Ramires, Fabregas, Matic; Torres, Costa, Ba (with moral support from Ballack).