In the first-half of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was guilty of stopping a promising Chelsea attack in the 29th minute after conceding a needless foul in an incident off the ball with Fabian Delph with the scores at 1-1.
Eden Hazard was in a good position to run directly at Manchester City defender John Stones before Costa hauled Delph to the ground and subsequently gave away a free-kick thereby stopping a promising move.
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman believes Costa’s decision to bring down Delph with Chelsea in a good move was very silly.
“How silly was that, you’ve got Eden Hazard running at John Stones, then he goes and does that. He doesn’t need to,” McManaman said during commentary for BT Sport.
“Real small mistakes – the goalkeeper makes a mistake and we focus on that. But that was a big mistake that when Eden Hazard, your most gifted player, is running into the area.”
Glenn Hoddle added: “It’s just selfish play from Costa. It’s just ridiculous.”
I think Antonio Conte needs to have a serious chat with Diego Costa because his attitude can cost us games. Imagine how Eden Hazard would have felt when Costa hauled down Delph when he had the chance to run at Stones. The scores was level and Costa’s silly attitude cost us a promising move. Happy we won at the end but such incidents could cost us on another day.
Below are photos of the incident