COSTA TARGETED BY MEDIA - MOURINHO
The Blues manager believes that the Spain
striker is unfairly treated and suggested that
the side depend on the striker for character and
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has once
again leapt to the defence of Diego Costa by
claiming the striker is being unfairly portrayed
in the media.
Costa was banned retrospectively for three
matches by the Football Association after
tangling with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny last
month, but returned from his suspension to play
a key role in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League
win over Aston Villa.
It was Costa who opened the scoring at
Stamford Bridge before his shot was deflected
in for an Alan Hutton own goal that sealed the
points for the champions.
And Mourinho believes the media's coverage of
Costa is unfair, claiming they do not show
opposition players attempting to provoke the
Costa was involved in a brief skirmish with
Villa's Ashley Westwood on Saturday and
Mourinho said: "I'm pleased he didn't react, but
I would be even happier if the people who find
his hypothetical or real negative moments were
honest the other way and show and show and
"He will be targeted until the moment people
point the finger at them and show the images,
re-show the images and have the top pundits
speaking about it.
"When you lose him we're a bit in trouble
because the team always depends on a striker
like him, from a character and personality like
"Diego isn't a leader in the dressing room, he
doesn't even speak English well, but in the
game, the way he plays, the way he gives his
body to the cause is brilliant."
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