Saturday 24 August 2019

Harry Redknapp on Diego Costa: There would be murder if my player refused to warm up

BT Sport pundits and Twitter round on out-of-form forward when he fails to appear for warm-up ahead of Premier League game at Tottenham

Costa did not warm up after being dropped to the bench
Costa did not warm up after being dropped to the bench

Harry Redknapp has led stinging criticism of Diego Costa after the Chelsea striker did not appear on the pitch for the warm-up ahead of a crucial Premier League match at Tottenham.

Costa has been struggling for form of late and also had an argument with manager Jose Mourinho during the win at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Mourinho moved quickly to quash any talk of unrest after that episode but Costa's absence prior to this match has sparked talk of further trouble in the Chelsea ranks.

Former Tottenham manager Redknapp was extremely unimpressed with the Spaniard's decision to forgo the pre-match formalities, exclaiming that "there would be murders" if a player had done a similar thing in a team he was in charge of.

Steve McManaman also rounded on the Chelsea striker, saying he "deserves to be dropped" given a recent "lack of interest". Those comments came prior to Costa's failure to materialise before the game, but the former Liverpool man was later justified.

Paul Scholes also said Costa has "not been playing well enough" and that he is not surprised at Mourinho's decision.

Mourinho had explained his reasoning in a pre-match interview in which he suggested that Costa was lacking confidence at this present time.

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