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Chelsea manager José Mourinho defends Diego Costa after striker booked for diving

Diego Costa will be hoping to celebrate a lot this season for Chelsea
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Chelsea manager José Mourinho praised Brazilian-born Diego Costa after he scored on his Premier League debut for the club and blasted the decision to book the forward for diving.

The £32-million summer signing scored the equaliser in the Blues 3-1 victory against Burnley but was booked when through on goal after he received contact from Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton.

However, referee Michael Oliver and his assistant failed to spot the contact and instead booked the Spanish international for diving.

Mourinho was frustrated with that decision but praised his forward when he spoke to the official club website.

He said: “Costa last season had a fantastic season and I think in the Spanish league he got five or six yellow cards all season.

“We all explained to him what people like and don’t like in the Premier League, and what people want at Chelsea.

“He presented himself here today with a fantastic attitude, a competitive attitude, but clean and polite.

“He had a clear penalty but he got no penalty and he got a yellow card. He was obviously frustrated so I hope he doesn’t get more unfair decisions.

“[Michael] Oliver had a very good game and unfortunately his linesman didn’t support him well in that situation.”


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