Costa was involved in several altercations against the Gunners but avoided a red card, and after the match Zouma told beIN Sports: “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.”
But Zouma has revealed, in a new interview with the London Evening Standard, that Costa knew what he meant to say and wasn’t annoyed in the slightest.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
“I spoke to him and said, ‘Sorry, mate’ because I didn’t want to say that,” Zouma explains. “English is not my first language, so I did not mean it. He told me: ‘It’s OK, no problem. I know what you wanted to say’.”
“I didn’t remember what I said and I didn’t expect it to come out like it did,” the French defender continued. “It was a mistake and I am really sorry for it. It is my second year in England and my English is not perfect. Everybody can do mistakes. This day, I did.
“I never thought Diego is a cheat. He is a friend. I like this guy. On the pitch he gives everything for the club and the team. I hope he will continue like this. He should not change.”
Zouma: Diego is a great guy
Zouma also believes that the controversial Costa, who often struggles to control his temper during matches, is actually a lovely guy who everyone at Stamford Bridge is happy to have at the club.
“Diego is a really nice guy. People just don’t see it,” the 20-year-old added. “He is clever because he likes to put a guy off his game, so he loses control. Diego knows what he has to do.
“In training he jokes a lot. He is so friendly. Diego is the craziest guy in the club. He is too funny. Everybody is very happy to have Diego in the team.”
Zouma is keeping Terry out the team
While Costa was busy trying - and succeeding - to get Arsenal players sent off, it was Zouma who scored the opening goal of the match against the Gunners in the 2-0 win.
The young centre-back appears to have edged out Chelsea captain John Terry as Chelsea’s first-choice centre-back, alongside Gary Cahill, and is expected to retain his place against Newcastle United after being rested for the mid-week Capital One Cup win over Walsall.
Chelsea fans: should Jose Mourinho continue with Kurt Zouma in defence - or is it time to bring back John Terry? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!