Well like everyone else, I am also going to express my opinion about him. I believe when it comes to football, there is a very fine line between the so much talked about ‘old-school’ fighting spirit and cheating.
I see no problem with crunching tackles, sledging and pushing your opponent to the limit, but cheating is a huge no for me. I hate it when players dive; I hate it when they brandish fake cards in the face of referee; I hate it when they crowd the referee; I hate it when they fall down like a house of cards on the slightest of touches and above all I hate it when they try to get their fellow player, even though he’s an opponent, sent off.
When justifying Costa’s actions, people talk about modern football losing the edge of yesteryears, how it has gotten soft in recent years. Well, sometimes Costa is just the exact opposite of that ‘edge’. He’s not a fighter; he’s a con-man. And I believe his actions that day ruined a perfect game of football for everyone. Well, obviously not Chelsea fans, and I’m sure the odds in football betting at William Hill could also tell.
To make matters worse, Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho justified Costa’s actions after the game and even called him the ‘Man of the Match’. He mentioned that derbies are supposed to be played in this manner. I have no doubt that Mourinho is one of the best managers of the modern times, but he can be an arrogant tool sometimes. And this time he kicked all the logic out of the window. And because of this irritating mix of arrogance and ignorance, I believe that one day might become the best manager in football, but he will never be considered as a legend.
Every season he seems to make new enemies in football. Maybe that’s the kind of person he is; he thrives on hate.
But one good thing did come off that game. The media attention it received must have made every referee aware of the kind of player Diego Costa is.
And I sincerely hope that he doesn’t get away with this kind of behaviour in future.
There ends my rant!