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Mourinho Defends Costa ‘Dive’

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has defended Diego Costa, who was booked for diving in last night’s encounter against Burnley.

Mourinho believes referee, Michael Oliver made the wrong decision when he booked Costa after the Spanish striker went down in the box after a challenge from Burnley goalkeeper, Tom Heaton.

"The kid was obviously frustrated. I hope he doesn't get more unfair decisions. I thought (referee Michael) Oliver had a good game but the linesman (Stuart Burt) didn't support him well in that situation," Mourinho told ESPN.

"We all explain to him what we want in the Premier League, what we want in Chelsea, what people want in the Premier League, what they don't like.

"The kid presents himself here today with a fantastic attitude, a competitive attitude but clean and polite. He has a clear penalty and it is no penalty and a yellow card.”

Mourinho then went on to discuss his other star signing, Cesc Fabregas, who put on a man of the match display in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory.

"I know him so well that I know exactly what he brings to my team. In Barcelona he was playing all over: No.9, fake No.9, No.10, winger, in so many positions," he added.

"I know and he knows better than me what is his position and he is giving exactly what we need which is that stability, that quick thinking in midfield.”

"He makes the right decisions and he brings other people in the right direction. (Nemanja) Matic was different playing different from last year because he can play now in a different way so I am really happy with Fabregas.”

Chelsea return to training tomorrow morning, where they will begin preparations for their next Premier League fixture against Leicester on Saturday.

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