Zouma, who scored the opening goal against the Gunners, told beIN Sports after the match that Costa “likes to cheat a lot” and “put the opponents out of the game”.
However, the 20-year-old also admitted the Brazil-born Spain international is a “really nice guy” who everyone at Chelsea is proud to have at Stamford Bridge.
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Costa was heavily criticised for his role in the dismissal of Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista and could be hit for a retrospective ban, according to the Mirror, if the Football Association believe the striker should also have been sent off by referee Mike Dean.
Zouma, when asked by beIN Sports’ Carrie Brown whether he was surprised that Arsenal were frustrated with Costa’s contribution during the 82 minutes he was on the pitch, replied: “No, we're not surprised because we know Diego. Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game.
“That happened in the game but he's a really nice guy. We're proud to have him, like the other players, and we're happy to win this game today.”
Costa must control his temper - or else...
Rarely does a match pass by where Costa is not involved in some sort of on-pitch altercation.
As well as his skirmish with Gabriel, the 26-year-old was also seen throwing an arm into the face of Laurent Koscielny - the incident that could land him a suspension from the FA.
Costa must learn to curb his temper because it’s inevitable that, at some point in the near future, Chelsea will end up paying the price for his lack of control.
But can a leopard ever change its spots?
Chelsea fans: do you honestly believe Diego Costa is a cheat? Have your say in the comments below!
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