This may seem odd, but I really like Costa as a total package. He's a nasty piece of work at times, but I love where that behavior comes from. He's intensely competitive because of where he comes from--both in terms of geography and economics--and he has an amazing combination of power and technique.teddykgb said:I really like how much DLew hates Costa. He deserves it.
DrewDawg said:Announcer calling that soft?
This is right on.SocrManiac said:I don't think there's a conspiracy against Chelsea.
I do think Martin Atkinson should be relegated to amateur leagues. He sucks for everybody, fortunately. It's not a Chelsea problem.
I utterly believe Chelsea have absolutely earned their just desserts at this point.
Human nature may be entering into things somewhat. Diego Costa puts people off. Hazard is legitimately fouled with a staggering regularity owing to his speed and quickness, but he adds to his tally with shameless simulation. Ivanovic is an insanely talented defender that gesticulates like a spoiled child. His antics after the handball today were utterly absurd and his behavior when Atkinson pulled the red was total bush league. The team as a whole is working referees as a result of their manager's scheme. It's backfiring.
The best thing they could do at this point is adopt a businesslike demeanor without the dripping sarcasm Mourinho displays. Referees, regardless of their job, are human. Don't show them up. Don't play mind games with them. Mourinho is too far on the wrong side of the ledger here and he's costing his team. He's miscalculated with his public commentary and perhaps legitimately created what he was attempting to insinuate. His players are following his lead. Too many games, too few of them are actual football.