Chelsea star Diego Costa in now under-fire after another public bust-up with manager Jose Mourinho, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Costa is the Blues’ main striker but was benched by Mourinho for their clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and the Spain international was clearly unhappy with the decision.
The former Atletico Madrid forward threw his bib at the Portuguese boss during extra time, which is now the second occasion in which Costa has had a confrontation with Mourinho in the space of a week.
During the Blues’ 4-0 victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Costa was also at heads with ‘The Special One’, but Mourinho has once again played down the situation, claiming that his behaviour was normal for someone with the desire to play in every game.
“If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib,” he said. “I was not expecting to have a player on the bench jumping and singing because he is not playing.
“For a top player, they’re not happy. His behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when he went to warm up. When I decided not to play him, he went.
“The message to all my players, not just Diego, is that when we play as a team, and especially when we defend as a team, the team is much better.
The Portuguese added that the draw with in-form Tottenham was a good result, and it could propel them up the table as he won’t be surprised if they went the next 10 games undefeated.
“The way we played, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t lose any of the next 10 matches,” he added. “If we go into a run of good results. The team was a team. I’m really happy with my decision.”