Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes that defenders in England are being extremely physical against him and without the adequate protection from the referees, he is having to try and keep his fiery temper in check.
Costa has been in hot bother on more than one occasion this season, but was only charged for his ‘stamp’ on Emre Can in the league cup semi-final against Liverpool earlier on in the season.
The former Atletico Madrid man has indicated that his yet to get fully accustomed to the league, citing that officials in England are more lenient than those in Spain.
“Some players try to put me out of the game,” Costa moaned (via Daily Star).
“But I’m getting to control my temper better all the time, and I just set out to play my normal game.
“When I think about English defenders the word nobility doesn’t come to mind. They kick me all the time, just like they did in Spain.
“But I don’t complain. They go in hard on me, but over here the refs don’t give me free kicks whereas they do in Spain.”
Costa scored his 20th goal of the season at the KC Stadium against Hull City last weekend and is trying to drag Chelsea over the line to claim their first league title since 2010.
The Blues are not in the formidable form they showed earlier on this term, but they are full focused on getting the results and landing the ultimate prize.