Chelsea star Diego Costa has defended his physical style of play despite serving a three-match ban for an alleged stamp on Liverpool ace Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final, Daily Mail reports.
After watching video replays of the incident, the Football Association suspended Costa with charges of violent conduct, but the Spain international returns for the Blues and is set to feature against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of sixteen next week.
But his punishment will unlikely change his aggressive philosophy, with the former Atletico Madrid striker claiming that he has an extremely clean record when it comes to injuring other players.
“If you check my records, you will find out that I’ve never caused a bad injury to any player,” he told Sport Magazine.
“The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions.
“But if you rewind a bit and go through what they did to me, you may have another point of view.
“I consider myself a player who fights and gives everything on the pitch. Those who know me and appreciate those values understand what I say.”
However despite his stance, Costa agrees that he may have to adjust his temperament when playing in the Premier League.
“I am getting used to getting kicked more than before. Premier League defenders are really strong and physical.
“In England, the referees don’t call many fouls, as opposed to Spanish football. Consequently, you must be really strong all through the 90 minutes.
“Some of the kicks I suffer in England would be punished with a red card in Spain. My challenges on the ball are strong but noble at the same time.”
The 26-year-old has been a revelation for the Blues this season, scoring an impressive 17 goals in just 19 league appearances since his £32million move from the La Liga champions last summer.