Diego Costa and Jose Mourinho seem to have kissed and made up.
A week or two of tension culminated in Mourinho leaving Costa on the bench for Chelsea’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on Nov. 29 and the Spanish international forward didn’t react well, throwing his warm up bib petulantly (see video, above) in the direction of his manager.
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That came after an initial spat during a UEFA Champions League game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv between the pair — Mourinho has since called Costa “privileged” for not being dropped sooner — but now everything seems to have been straightened out with Costa putting in a typically bullish display in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over FC Porto on Wednesday which sealed their spot in the UCL last 16 as they topped Group G.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Costa didn’t directly apologize for the “bib incident” but got pretty close to it.
“The bib incident is in the past,” Costa said. “I made a mistake but my relationship with Mourinho is amazing, we get on really well. There are things you need to control but the bib thing was an impulse.”
Mourinho embraced Costa warmly as he walked off the pitch as a late substitute on Wednesday and even though the former Atletico Madrid forward cut a frustrated figure despite his deflected shot giving Chelsea the lead, you get the sense that respect is there between the duo.
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Costa’s scoring needs to improve, with the Brazilian born striker scoring just four times in 18 appearances this season, but his effort and commitment remain and he looked sharper and more determined on Wednesday after being left on the bench for two of the last three Premier League games.
A fired up Costa ready to run through a brick wall for Mourinho could be the biggest factor in Chelsea dragging themselves away from the bottom three and back up towards the upper echelons of the Premier League.