Monday 9 December 2019

'There was no threat of a punch' - Guus Hiddink plays down Oscar-Diego Costa bust-up

Oscar cand Diego Costa. Photo: Reuters / John Sibley
Oscar cand Diego Costa. Photo: Reuters / John Sibley

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has played down the training pitch confrontation between Diego Costa and Oscar.

Tensions boiled over ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Scunthorpe after robust tackles were exchanged during training at the Blues' Cobham base.

Costa took exception to a challenge from Oscar and responded in kind in a competitive training session, with the swift intervention of team-mates required to help defuse the situation.

"It was a pity that our photographer yesterday had a day off because he could've shot beautiful pictures of two wolves bumping chests," said Hiddink, who succeeded Jose Mourinho last month.

"(Costa) took a charge from behind and it was overdone. They stumbled over the ground, stood up and then chested a bit without any further threat of punching or whatever.

"It's a battle which happens when you're used to playing at high intensity.

"Oscar apologised in front of the group. They looked at each other and then they started laughing."

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