Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye is understood to have told Chelsea striker Diego Costa to stop crying during their altercation in the aftermath of Wednesday night’s Champions League match at Stamford Bridge.
This is according to respected French publication L’Equipe - and brought to our attention by Ligue 1 presenter and commentator Matt Spiro - who claim Cabaye told Costa: “You don't stop crying even though you spend all your time dishing it out”.
The two players were seen in fierce confrontation after the final whistle and had to be kept apart before heading off to their respective dressing rooms.
Costa involved in several altercations
Costa was involved in several altercations with various PSG players on the night, including David Luiz and Marquinhos.
The Brazil-born Spain international is famous for his short fuse and was lucky to finish the evening with just the one yellow card to his name.
Ten-man PSG embarrassed Chelsea
That he even managed to get into a spat with Cabaye, an unused substitute on the night, was impressive - in a way - even for Costa’s standards.
It was Cabaye and his teammates who had the last laugh, however, as 10-man PSG surprisingly advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals at Chelsea’s expense.
Chelsea had a man advantage for the best part of an hour after PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was shown a harsh red card for a first-half challenge on Oscar, but the home side failed to capitalise.
In fact the Blues seemed to play even worse with the extra man and were eventually knocked out of the competition thanks to a towering header from PSG captain Thiago Silva with six minutes left to play of extra-time.
Mourinho must do more to curb Costa's temper
Costa’s form has taken a sudden dip over the past two months. The 26-year-old has scored 17 goals in all competitions this term, but has failed to hit the back of the net since Chelsea’s emphatic 5-0 win over Swansea City on January 17.
The former Atletico Madrid star has now gone seven matches without a goal, while he also failed to score in seven Champions League appearances for Chelsea this season.
For the first time since he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Atletico last summer, fresh from winning La Liga, questions are beginning to be asked of Costa: mainly regarding his suspect temperament but also his failure to shine in the biggest matches.
Chelsea needed Costa to step up against PSG this week but he failed to deliver the goods. Furthermore, he let the club down with his conduct - not for the first time this season.
It’s down to Mourinho to ensure Costa controls his aggression, because unless he’s told by his manager he will inevitably continue to make the same mistakes.
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