Diego Costa Stamp Accidental Says Mourinho – that was the verdict of the Chelsea manager following his player’s controversial actions against Liverpool writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Costa stepped on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in the second-leg tie that saw Chelsea progress after an extra time header by Branislav Ivanovic – but whether the “stamps” were intentional is a matter of debate.
The naturalised Spaniard, formerly a Brazilian, was subjected to some intense rough-house treatment in the first leg at Anfield and appeared well prepared to continue his physical duel with the Liverpool defenders at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho denied Costa was guilty of deliberate stamping, which would carry a retrospective ban, and claimed that there is a campaign against Costa led by television pundit Jamie Redknapp.
“As the opponent is on the floor, he puts his foot there when hes looking to the ball. I think maybe you are already influenced by (short pause) I am going to use a word which put me in trouble but I think this time I cannot be punished to say that there is a campaign on the television with a certain pundit that is saying Diego Costa ‘crimes’. This guy must be nuts.
“Great campaign. We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea and particularly loves me. These guys, they have a very good seat, very good money, no pressure. They are always right. They never lose, they always win, but they have to be fair and they have to be honest.
“Forget it. Let’s go to Wembley. Come on. I don’t know his name, because when I see him I switch off the television.”
Defeat for Liverpool now leaves them with only the FA Cup as a realistic prize this season. It also cranks up the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.
We wrote before the game about an increasing feud between the two managers. And Rodgers and Mourinho were involved in a heated touchline argument during the game.
Said Mourinho: “He (Rodgers) worked in Chelsea in my time for a few years. I don’t know if he learned something with me or not. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.
“I could speak about Skrtel, I don’t. He goes to the television, he speaks about Courtois. He forgets Mignolet. I speak about Courtois and Mignolet. He forgets his goalkeeper. I don’t forget my goalkeeper, because my goalkeeper helped me to be in the final.”