Diego Costa has today admitted for the first time, that he was wrong to throw a bib in the direction of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during his side’s 0-0 draw with Spurs last month.
The 27-year-old appeared to throw his warm up bib in the direction of the Blues boss during the latter stages of the encounter at White Hart Lane at the end of November, after reacting angrily to the decision by the Chelsea boss to not bring the striker off the bench, despite the game locked at 0-0.
The Spaniard has looked extremely frustrated and disinterested in recent weeks, and so far this season the striker has been more interested in getting into fights with opposition players and even his own boss, rather than looking to put the ball in the back of the net, as his side continue to struggle for goals this campaign.
The strength of the relationship between Costa and Mourinho has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months, but after Chelsea’s victory over Porto on Wednesday night, Costa insists there is no issue and accepts he was the one at fault at White Hart Lane.
He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “The bib [incident] is in the past. I made a mistake, but my relationship with Mourinho is amazing, we get on really well. There are things you need to control, but the bib thing was an impulse.
“I have to improve a bit. The start of the season has not been good for me – not in how I have played nor in goals.
“The truth is Chelsea haven’t been in a great moment, above all losing the other day at home (against Bournemouth). It was important to win (against Porto) to make the fans happy and to recover our confidence.
“I know I have to be better to go to Euro 2016 with Spain. I have to work hard and fight, but I know I have time to improve and I hope I will.”