Diego Costa has doubled-down in claiming his own innocence against an FA charge and suspension which has already cost the first-year Chelsea forward Saturday’s title showdown against Manchester City.
Costa, who will also miss the Blues’ next two games domestic games, has said in a Friday interview with the Telegraph that while he “takes things to the limits,” he “did nothing wrong” in a pair of incidents where the Brazilian is alleged to have stomped on two different Liverpool players.
“As far as what happened on Tuesday, the main thing is when I get home I can go home and I can go to sleep knowing that I’ve not done anything wrong, because I never meant to do that and it was not on purpose.
“And you can clearly see that on the video. But it is a suspension. I have to accept that, I have to take it. Obviously I feel sad because I’m not going to be able to help the team, to play. But I have accept it and respect it.
“I’m not saying I’m an angel. I’m no angel. You can see that. But every time I play I will play the same way because that’s the way I am. That’s what I need to do in order to support my family. That’s my bread and butter, also that’s what I need to do for this club and for the fans of this club, for the supporters and for all the people involved in this club.
“You have to see how many times have I injured someone. Never. I’ve never injured another colleague, another player on purpose. Yes, I’ve had loads of incidents maybe even more (when I played) in Spain. But that’s the way I play. I’m not going to change the way I play because I got banned for a few games now.”
Those are just a few choice cuts from what is a lengthy, revealing interview by the Telegraph‘s Jason Burt.
Costa undoubtedly has a number of Luis Suarez-like characteristics about him — he’s not only a world-class goalscorer, but a ruthless villain who, just like Suarez, is willing to take things to their absolute limits in order to gain any necessary advantage over you — and I believe that he genuinely believes he’s done nothing wrong — perhaps ever — because his entire being as a human is lived on that “edge” of excess.
As long as Costa continues to not injure anyone by playing that way, he’ll pick up the odd suspension here and there because his style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he’ll also remain one of the world’s most lethal goalscorers because he knows no other way of being.