Black Cats clever clogs caught Costa cold, claims Chelsea coach

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that Diego Costa’s yellow card against Sunderland on Saturday – his fifth of the season, which sees him suspended for the Blues’ next match – was as a result of ‘clever’ defending on the Black Cats’ behalf.

The Portuguese shared his opinion on Costa’s booking in the aftermath of the game.

“Brown is very experienced and he used his body,” said the 51 year-old.

“They can frustrate a striker and can also be clever enough to get cards. But no problem. It’s a yellow card. He doesn’t play against Tottenham.”

The game ended 0-0, which ensured that Chelsea remained undefeated for the season, however Mourinho will see it as two points dropped, rather than a point gained.

“It’s a pity. We want to win every match but we have to lose some points,” said the Chelsea boss.

“Only one team tried to win the game but credit to Sunderland. They were very defensive, but defending a lot and well is not a crime, it is a quality – and they did it well.

“We are doing very well still and it is a point in a very difficult stadium.”

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