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Mourinho Defends "Man Of The Match" Costa

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has leaped to the defence of Diego Costa, insisting that the striker was the Man-of-the-Match against Arsenal.

Read: Chelsea Claim Nine-Man Arsenal Scalp

The Brazilian-born forward has always been criticised for his style of play ever since he joined the Blues last season.

However, Costa was the biggest talking point, following the Blues win over Arsenal, as he was involved in an altercation with Gunners defender, Gabriel Paulista, who was sent off for kicking out at the striker.

The Blues boss also felt that a few of Arsenal's challenge in the box warranted at least two penalties.

"If you want to speak about Diego Costa with me, he played like he has to play," Mourinho told reporters.

"That's why you have full stadiums and the game watched around the world by millions and millions. The game has to be played like that.

"That is why tomorrow I will go to see what I consider comparable in terms of dedication and passion, New Zealand and Argentina [in the Rugby World Cup] - I go tomorrow because I love it. Fantastic, Diego.

"Costa was man-of-the-match for me. Of course [it was not a red card for Costa].

"It was the same referee who made all the decisions in the game and who didn't give two clear penalties for us. There are also rules for what Gabriel did to Eden Hazard.

"Gabriel Paulista did something on Eden Hazard in the box that is allowed in rugby and not in football. In the box, it's a penalty. In the second half, someone did it on Diego Costa.

"In rugby it's fantastic but in football it's a penalty. I have to cope with my defeats, [Wenger] has to cope with his."

Read: De Bruyne: I Only Spoke To Mourinho Twice

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