[ 28-01-2015 ]

Mourinho cries foul over Costa ‘stamp’ claims

Chelsea director Jose Mourinho at the end of the day asserted that his group were the casualties of a "crusade" after they edged Liverpool 1-0 in a cantankerous League Cup semi-last second leg.

An additional time Branislav Ivanovic header earned Chelsea a 2-1 total win after a high-octane experience at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, however it was home striker Diego Costa who was the center of consideration after the diversion.

The Brazil-conceived Spain global twice seemed to tread on contradicting players – Emre Can in the first half, Martin Skrtel in the second – and could now confront review activity from the Football Association.

Liverpool director Brendan Rodgers said the occurrences were "poor", yet Mourinho guaranteed the objection had been fabricated by a TV savant who he declined to recognize.

"I don't comprehend what you see by 'stamp'," said Mourinho, who has been charged by the FA in the wake of guaranteeing Chelsea had been focused by a "battle" over charges of jumping.

"I think possibly you (the media) are now impacted by – I'm going to utilize the saying that place me into a bad situation – however I think this time I can't be rebuffed to say that there is a battle on the TV with a certain intellectual that is stating (charging) Diego Costa unlawful acts.

"This gentleman must be nuts, the fellow that is stating that."

Mourinho seemed, by all accounts, to be alluding to either previous Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp or ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who dissected the amusement for Sky Sports, yet he declined to uncover who he was discussing.

Rodgers had said: "On Emre Can, that was poor, I felt. He can undoubtedly jump over the youthful player there and he regulates his studs right onto his lower leg, which would have been frightful.

"And after that the one on Martin Skrtel. There's no compelling reason to do it. That is the pitiful thing of it. He's a top-class player and he's cunning enough the authorities don't see it. It was poor, truly, by him."

Mourinho worked nearby Rodgers amid his first stretch as Chelsea chief and he conveyed a sharp reaction to his previous protege's comments.

"He worked in Chelsea in my time for a couple of years, yet we are altogether different persons," said the Portuguese, whose side will confront either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United in the last on March 1.

"I don't know whether he learnt something with me or not. Possibly he did, perhaps he didn't.

"I could discuss Skrtel; I don't. He goes to the TV, he talks about (Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut) Courtois. He overlooks (Liverpool goalkeeper Simon) Mignolet.

"I talk about Courtois and Mignolet. He talks about my goalkeeper. I talk about my goalkeeper, additionally about his goalkeeper. He overlooks his goalkeeper's work to say that Courtois played incredible."

Mourinho guaranteed the assurance help created by the win would balance any weakness in front of Saturday's Premier League confrontation with title rivals Manchester City, however Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis are all questions for that amusement in the wake of maintaining wounds.

Fabregas and Filipe Luis were both constrained off, however Ivanovic, who endured a cut foot, stayed on.

"In this minute, I don't have the foggiest idea," Mourinho said when asked to give an early anticipation.

"Filipe was a calf and Fabregas was a hamstring, however Fabregas let me know, 'I'm not yet harmed. I will be shortly.' So it was to a greater degree an insurance."

Despite the fact that Costa may have won a punishment in the wake of being gotten by Skrtel, Liverpool made the better risks in the first half, with Courtois sparing from Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho.

In any case Chelsea enjoyed control after the reprieve and Mignolet was twice called upon to foil Costa before Ivanovic made the leap forward in the fourth moment of additional time.

The result brought a run of 10 amusements without thrashing to an end for Liverpool, however Rodgers said: "For us to be fruitful, now and again its got to damage. In this rival especially, we've begun to recover our stream once.

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