Paris Saint-Germain have risking irking Chelsea ahead of their Champions League clash by calling Diego Costa a “fraud”.
The French club’s Twitter account posted a Vine with the message, “Have you found the hero? Okay, now find the imposter!”
The video flicks through a number of masked movie characters, including Batman, Darth Vader, Iron Man and Kylo Ren, and the eagle-eyed will spot Costa, wearing his own protective gear, among the heroes and villains. You can check out PSG’s provocative tweet, which includes the blatant message, ‘Spot the fraud’ below.
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The two clubs will meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. PSG hold a 2-1 advantage following last month’s win but will be wary of the fact that the last two encounters have been decided by away goals.
John Obi Mikel got Chelsea’s all-important goal at the Parc des Princes when he cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener. Edinson Cavani restored the French champions’ advantage with a late strike.
Check out PSG's tweet
It means the tie is finely poised and Costa, who will return after missing Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke due to a minor tendon problem, will hope to make PSG’s social media team regret their tweet.
And his recent form gives him every chance of doing so. After a slow start to the campaign, the Spaniard has scored 10 goals in his last 14 outings as Chelsea have propelled up the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, PSG’s Twitter activity might be deserving of an award. Earlier in the day, the club posted a similar Vine to the Costa one except the Chelsea striker was replaced by Thiago Silva, and instead of finding the fraud, fans were asked to “spot the hero”.
The image was from PSG’s last meeting against Chelsea in west London in 2015. The Brazilian’s goal in the 114th minute sealed a 2-2 draw that secured PSG’s passage to the quarter-finals on away goals.
In 2014, Chelsea trailed 3-1 after the first leg but Demba Ba’s 87th minute goal meant Chelsea qualified for the semi-finals on away goals thanks to a 3-3 aggregate result.
Chelsea are much-improved
So the two clubs’ recent head-to-head record is rather entertaining, and Wednesday’s clash should be no different. The loss to PSG in the first leg was the only disappointment the Blues have suffered since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December, the Dutchman responsible for the revived performances of Costa, Cesc Fabregas, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.
As for PSG, Laurent Blanc’s team have a 23-point lead atop Ligue 1 and Ibrahimovic started Saturday’s game against Montpellier on the bench as a result.
PSG’s tweet was light-hearted in nature but it might come back to haunt them, for Costa now has something extra to prove to his opponents.