Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defence of his side’s striker Diego Costa after the Blues’ hard-fought 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in Matchday 13 of the English Premier League.
The Stamford Bridge outfit’s in-form striker Costa escaped punishment after appearing to kick out at the hosts’ John O’Shea before picking up his fifth yellow card of the season for catching another of the Black Cats’ defenders Wes Brown with a flailing arm.
However, asked if Costa’s feisty approach to the game was becoming a problem, Mourinho said: “Why do you speak all the time about Diego? I don’t agree, I don’t agree. I was just told that he was unlucky to get the yellow card.”
Costa will be suspended for Wednesday’s league clash with Tottenham Hotspur in Matchday 14, although the Portuguese manager insists he will lose no sleep over his absence.
He said: “No. We’ll play (Loic) Remy or (Didier) Drogba. We don’t cry about injured players or about suspended players.”
“If he’s suspended, he’s suspended. He can rest, he can be fresh against Newcastle and against Tottenham, Drogba and Remy will have their opportunity to start the game. No problem, let’s go.”