Chelsea striker Diego Costa has scored just two goals in nine Premier League games this season. That’s quite surprising, considering how hot his form was last term.
What’s even more surprising is that the Spaniard has only picked up three yellow cards and no reds in those nine games.
Costa once again fought the law and won in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, kicking Reds defender Martin Skrtel in the chest without getting booked.
Had it been the other way around – had Skrtel kicked Costa – history suggests that the Chelsea man would have made a bigger deal of it, urging the referee to respond to the incident with the flash of a card, preferably – in Costa’s mind – one coloured like a Liverpool shirt.
Skrtel’s decision to get up swiftly and simply get on with the game is admirable.
However, had he reacted like we imagine Costa would’ve, Chelsea could well have been reduced to 10 men, boosting Liverpool’s chances of victory.
In the end, Liverpool won anyway. Nevertheless, the tussle is certainly a strong conversation starter. If you were a manager, what would you want your centre-half to do in that situation?
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