Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa in feisty press conference

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After Chelsea defeated Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off, it would be fair to assume that Jose Mourinho would have been in a cheery mood post-match. But his press conference told a different story.

Chelsea triumphed 2-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard, but it was the influence of Diego Costa that produced the most controversial talking point from a feisty encounter.

Costa, as he so often does, became involved with both opposition centre-backs during the first-half - first lashing out at Laurent Koscielny before having an altercation with Gabriel Paulista.


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The Spain international’s tangle with Koscielny would have been enough to earn him a red card were it to have been witnessed by the officials, but it was instead Gabriel who was sent off after falling hook, line and sinker for Costa’s tactics.

Arsene Wenger was understandably appalled by Costa’s behaviour - although unlikely to be surprised - with the Arsenal manager labelling the striker ‘disgusting’. Mourinho, however, saw things somewhat differently.

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In a testy post-match presser, Mourinho was clearly infuriated by the focus on Costa and eventually snapped at reporters, urging them to instead concentrate on Gabriel’s mistake, claiming the Brazilian lacked ‘emotional control’.

Mourinho, as one would expect, also branded Wenger a bad loser before providing a final retort with regards questions on Costa - stating that his striker was the man-of-the-match.



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