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Chelsea boss Mourinho plays down Costa bib incident

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday's goalless draw at Tottenham.

Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes' bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions' season.

Costa was left on the bench as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Spurs. Credit: Reuters

Mourinho said: "If he wants to hurt me, it's not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems.

"I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench.

"Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision."

Costa did not warm up ahead of the game and appeared pitch-side with trainers, rather than boots on, broadcasters sitting near the Chelsea bench reported.

Mourinho says Costa warmed up when instructed to do so.

"A top player going on the bench, they are not happy," Mourinho added.

"For me his behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when they went to warm up."


Caballero: Liverpool thrashing was a wake-up call

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero believes Manchester City's thrashing by Liverpool last weekend has acted as a wake-up call.

City got back to winning ways after three games without a victory - the nadir being a 4-1 mauling at the hands of the Merseysiders - as they saw off Southampton 3-1 on Saturday.

Caballero makes a save in the win over Southampton. Credit: PA

The result took City back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and the title favourites now want to make sure they stay there.

Caballero, who took over in goal from injured England number one Joe Hart, said: "It was like a call with big attention - Liverpool played really well. They are a big team and we must be ready for every game and every team.

"I think we learned after this defeat and we started again. From the first minute, we were hungry to win.

"We needed to take the top of the table again as soon as possible. We needed to win. We can't concede another result at home again because we lost two games this season. I hope we stay in the first place of the table."


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