Chelsea striker Diego Costa says he will not change his aggressive approach because he retains “100 percent” support from Jose Mourinho, the club and the fans.
Costa was handed a three-match retrospective ban for violent conduct last month after incidents involving Arsenal centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in Chelsea’s 2-0 win.
However, Mourinho said after the Liverpool game that the stamps were “absolutely accidental” and blamed TV pundits for creating an issue, and the Chelsea boss hinted that his striker had been harshly treated when questioned about last month’s suspension.
Costa, who has always maintained that he faces strong provocation during matches, says he feels no need to adopt a less confrontational attitude.
Diego Costa was banned for three games for violent conduct after the victory over Arsenal.
“I have 100 percent support from my manager, from the club and from the Chelsea fans,” he said in the Daily Mirror. “So other people, other opinions, I don’t care, I’m not really bothered.
“I will not change unless my manager or the people from my club or my supporters tell me so.
“No, I don’t need to change, because I have done nothing wrong. During my football career, many, many times other players have done stuff to me, like kick me, but I am not a cry baby.
“So I think the supporters saw that was unfair and so the supporters, the manager and the club have given me a lot of
Costa also said that he does not fear anything but God, adding: “I think if you fear someone, another person, it is not a good thing. I respect.
“I have respect for my parents, my wife, my daughter and God — but respect, not fear. I don’t have fear. I have respect. For example, if there is a massive guy and he comes over and we are going to have a problem, I don’t get involved with him.
“I don’t fear him but I respect him.”