Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa’s “accidental” stamps against Liverpool FC

Costa may face FA punishment for incidents during Capital One Cup clash

Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa’s “accidental” stamps against Liverpool FC

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January 28th, 2015

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Chelsea are through to the 2015 Capital One Cup final although the Blues’ semi-final second leg victory against Liverpool was packed with incident.

Diego Costa was typically at the centre of several talking points, with the Spanish international seemingly sinking his studs into Emre Can during the early exchanges before doing something similar against Martin Skrtel.

In between, Costa could have earned his team a penalty only for the referee to wave protests away after Skrtel had gone in clumsily during the first half of the match.

Jose Mourinho has always stormed to a fierce defence of his players and this occasion was no different, with the Chelsea boss slamming a particular Sky pundit for his comments and claiming that Costa had accidentally left his studs on two Liverpool players.

“I don’t know what you understand by stamp,” Mourinho said. “I think maybe you are already influenced by… I’m 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.

“I saw the incidents. About the penalty, I don’t speak. I prefer not to speak. If I comment I will be in trouble and I don’t want to be.

“What you call stamps and Sky calls crimes, I have to say absolutely accidental. He goes to the ball, he chases the ball, as the opponent is on the floor, they have a contact, he puts his foot there when he’s looking to the ball.

“Great campaign. We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea and particularly loves me.

“When you are there and you are paid and you are very well paid – much more than some managers that have to put their ass, every 90 minutes, every weekend on the bench.

“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.”

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