Jose Mourinho has criticised those who believe Diego Costa stamped on Emre Can during Chelsea’s 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final second leg victory over Liverpool on Tuesday night.
The Portuguese manager, not one to shy away from controversy, also suggested an individual Sky Sports pundit—believed to be Jamie Redknapp, per Matt Barlow of the MailOnline—is leading a campaign against his side.
Chelsea progressed through to the Wembley final with a 2-1 aggregate win after Branislav Ivanovic’s extra-time header settled a cracking tie. Costa’s alleged stamp is making the headlines, although Mourinhodoesn’t believe he did anything wrong, as reported by Barlow:
“He goes to the ball, he chases it, the opponent goes to the floor and he puts his foot there when he is looking at the ball. I don’t know what you understand by a stamp. Maybe you are already influenced by the campaign on the television with certain pundits saying Costa has committed a crime—the guy who says that must be nuts.
It is a great campaign. We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea. You are a manager, on the bench, and these guys have a good seat, earning a lot of money, no pressure. They are never wrong, they have to be fair and they have to be honest”.