Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and striker Diego Costa were reportedly involved in a heated exchange following the club’s Champions League victory over Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday night, according to The Sun.
Mourinho is said to have lost it with the Spanish international for not pulling his weight during the first half, but tried to play down the spat after the final whistle, as victory put them on the verge of qualification to the next round of the tournament.
“I wanted him to do a certain movement that he didn’t. I was disappointed that he didn’t and I reacted. He did, too,” Mourinho said.
“At half-time in the dressing room, there were a few kisses and a few cuddles. No problem.”
Costa was the first player to head down the tunnel at the final whistle, and didn’t hang around to shake hands with his teammates, opponents, or manager.
Blues fans have recently been turning on Costa, too, as he has managed to find the net just four times so far this season, which is in stark contract to the 12 he had at this same stage last term.
Chelsea now top the group, though, and need only a point against Portuguese giants Porto on December 9 to reach the next stage.
However, there was more drama in store as captain John Terry had to be stretchered off with an ankle injury.
The veteran defender will now undergo tests on the extent of the injury on Wednesday, but he will more than likely be unavailable for Sunday’s clash with in-form London rivals, Tottenham.
“John has an ankle injury, I think down to the pitch, and we don’t know how bad yet,” Mourinho added.
“I don’t want to speak without tests back in London. I think he’s a really big doubt for Tottenham.”
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