Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jose Mourinho has dig at press: 'Diego Costa fought with John Terry... they had a translator'

Diego Costa and John Terry
Diego Costa and John Terry

Tom Sheen

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has aimed a cryptic dig at the press after a report earlier this week claimed that John Terry and Diego Costa had a 'bust-up' after the Everton defeat.

TalkSPORT host Stan Collymore was the man to break the news, but later took back the claim, admitting that he was misinformed after Chelsea offered a strong denial.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the huge match with Arsenal, Jose Mourinho had his say on journalists trying to find a "dramatic story".

The Portuguese mocked the incident, stating that Terry and Costa would have to arrange their fight like a Wild West duel, because Costa is not a very good English speaker.

"I don't have any problem with any one of my players," Mourinho said.

"Normally when bad results happen the first thing that comes into your laptops, iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story: 'Somebody punch somebody in the dressing room', 'The manager doesn't want to speak with this guy'.

"'Diego Costa fought with John Terry and before they start the fight they brought a translator for them to understand each other in the fight, because Diego cannot speak English and John cannot speak Spanish'.

"'They organise like Far West duels - at this time we are going to fight, bring a translator to help us'.

"You (the media) always go in this direction, which is funny. The other direction you don't go is the direction which is real.

"You lose matches, you are affected, you lose confidence, you don't want the ball."

Mourinho also refused to comment on the news that the FA are to investigate him for a sexist comment towards demoted club doctor Eva Carneiro, meeting the question with a blank stare and turning his answer back to the Arsenal match.

"I don't think they will be affected because half of the team didn't play, 25 per cent of the team didn't travel," he said.

"We both played on Wednesday, why we don't play on Sunday? This is an old story and I don't want to spend time on it."

Mourinho, who is definitely without Willian for the match but could see Pedro, Radamel Falcao and Oscar be fit enough to play, added that his camp was happier after the win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.

"It's easy to see some better faces, easy to feel a different atmosphere because it's normal," said Mourinho.

He also, despite 'banning banter' among his players, was quick to make a joke about Eden Hazard's awful penalty miss in the 4-0 win.

"Maybe it was an agreement he did with some sponsor to promote the Rugby World Cup," he added.

"He's the best penalty taker in this country too. If he's the best, the ball is on the spot. He is my first option.

"We shouldn't worry too much about it because we know he doesn't have many chances to take penalties."

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