Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa is unfairly targeted by pundits in the media.
Mourinho feels that the antics of Costa’s markers, attempting to wind him up and tap into his temper, are being ignored.
After victory over Aston Villa, the manager said: “I’m pleased he didn’t react, but I would be even happier if the people who find his hypothetical or real negative moments were honest the other way and show and show and show.
“He will be targeted until the moment people point the finger at them and show the images, re-show the images and have the top pundits speaking about it.
“Diego isn’t a leader in the dressing room, he doesn’t even speak English well, but in the game, the way he plays, the way he gives his body to the cause is brilliant.”