No issues with Diego Costa’s temperament, insists Chelsea legend
Chelsea legend Tony Cascarino plays down Diego Costa's clash with Pablo Zabaleta during 1-1 draw at The Etihad
Tony Cascarino has defended the temperament of Chelsea striker Diego Costa after a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
The Spain international failed to score in a Premier League game for the first time this season as Frank Lampard cancelled out Andre Schurrle’s opener at Etihad Stadium.
He changed the outcome of the game because he made Chelsea a much more adventurous team
Costa had a running battle with City captain Vincent Kompany throughout the clash, whilst the 25-year-old reacted angriy when caught by Citizens right-back Pablo Zabaleta.
The Argentine was issued with a red card for a second bookable offence, but felt aggrieved after Mike Dean failed to send off Costa for place his arms on the City star’s neck.
But former Chelsea forward Cascarino felt Costa did little wrong when he confronted the City defender, with the referee booking the former Atletico Madrid man.
“The battle between Costa and Kompany was as good as you’ll see all season,” Cascarino told Sky Sports.
“Are their question marks about his temperament? No. He is a guy who is going to fight.
“He tangles with Zabaleta and goes down. I don’t see too much. I don’t want to see players get sent off for that. A little bit of argy bargy.
“He changed the outcome of the game because he made Chelsea a much more adventurous team.
“He is such a good player for them.”