Manchester City midfielder Fernando has admitted that his side will not get caught up with Diego Costa when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend.
The tempestuous Blues forward has a history of antagonising opponents in big games, which can lead to bust-ups and potential disciplinary measures.
A typical example of this came when Gabriel was sent off for clashing with Costa in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal earlier this season.
With all eyes on the FA Cup clash this Sunday, Fernando has stated that he and his side will be vigilant when dealing with the former Atletico Madrid centre forward.
“We know what he is like, what he will do,” the Brazilian told The Sun.
“Costa is always the same. He tries to obstruct opponents, to wind them up.
“But we know what to expect from him. He always tries to provoke.
“What we have to do is ignore this, to concentrate on ourselves, to focus on what we can do to win the game. There are other players in the Chelsea team to think about anyway.
“What we cannot allow ourselves to do is obsess about Costa.”
The FA Cup is Chelsea’s only chance of winning silverware this season and as such Guus Hiddink is expected to field a full-strength side.
City are still in the running for the Premier League title, while they will face Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final next weekend.