Diego Costa often plays the role of chief antagonist, but the Chelsea striker received a taste of his own medicine during Monday night’s ill-tempered Premier League clash between the Blues and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
Costa was gouged in the eye by Mousa Dembele - an incident that will almost certainly land the Spurs midfielder a lengthy ban - and appeared to have something thrown at him by Kyle Walker towards the end of the match.
Unfortunately for Costa, the “something” from Walker came from the Tottenham full-back’s nose. (Scroll down this page to see the video for yourself).
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Twitter is divided over whether Walker threw blood or snot at Costa - but either way, it’s pretty disgusting.
Nothing was made of the incident during the match, but there’s a chance Walker could face retrospective action from the Football Association if they see necessary.
Video: Walker throws something from his nose at Costa
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Spurs could be without key players for final games
Tottenham are already likely to lose Dembele for their final two league fixtures following his shocking assault on Chelsea’s number 19.
With Dele Alli already banned by the FA for a punch on West Brom’s Claudio Yacob, Spurs are in real danger of being without several of their key players for the forthcoming fixtures against Southampton and Newcastle United.
Following their 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday, Arsenal are now just three points behind their bitter north London rivals.
If the Gunners finish above Tottenham, it would make Spurs’ brilliant season suddenly feel pretty worthless.
Pochettino defends his players
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were slammed after the match for their aggressive behaviour, but the Argentine coach refused to criticise his players in his post-match interview.
“It was a derby, we were fighting to win the title and Chelsea were fighting to try and win. We were all involved,” Pochettino was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “When you play for the title and play a big team like Chelsea, they want to win. It was normal emotion, fighting on the pitch is not a good example, for both teams.
“In football we want to win and sometimes situations like tonight happen. I think there is nothing to say, nothing to blame, how they [Chelsea] take the game shows big respect for us. That makes us feel proud.
“Our players are disappointed and sad, we need to feel that for the future. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League and to be in this position is fantastic. Now we need to focus to keep our place and finish second.”
When asked if his players had crossed the line, Pochettino added: “Maybe yes but we need to see the video. On the touchline is hard to observe the situations.”
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