Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz claims that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a “top guy” and a “friend”, after the pair almost came to blows in the second-leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.
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The 27-year-old went unpunished for a what appeared to be a deliberate wild elbow in the face of Costa, but insists it’s all part of the game, and off the field they are pals.
“It is normal, Diego is an amazing player, a top guy and we have a lot of physical [battles]. We are friends and were together after the match. We know each other from before,” as quoted by the Daily Mail.
The Brazilian, who scored his side’s equaliser in the 86th minute and celebrated hysterically in front of his former fans, is also apologetic for his reaction, saying, “I respect everyone here and I was very happy here,’ he added. “I said I wouldn’t celebrate if I scored but the emotion of the moment meant I couldn’t keep [to that].
“The fact I don’t score many goals means it is always special for me. I am happy with my team as we showed spirit and character.”