Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said that he feels like the Premier League’s Public Enemy Number One now that Luis Suarez is no longer around, according to the Daily Express.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international has been embroiled in a number of controversies since joining the club in the summer of 2014, and even found himself slapped with a retrospective three-match ban following an incident with Arsenal earlier in the season (via Express).
Costa’s manager Jose Mourinho feels the player has been unfairly victimised by match officials and has been made out to a villain.
“I think Luis Suarez left this country because of how he was treated and made out to be the bad guy,” he told the Evening Standard.
“Do I feel like I have taken his place? That is crystal clear. It is obvious that there are people after me.
“If you do something wrong and it makes the papers, then okay, that’s fair.
“But when people are after you all of the time, when you’re always the headline that’s not fair.
“I hope they’re not after me. I hope it’s not the case.
“I hope it’s something that’s just in my head.”