The Brazil international, who clashed with the Blues striker on Sunday, has hit out at Costa’s attitude.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has stated that Chelsea forward Diego Costa is always eager to rile up his opposition after the pair were caught up in a skirmish at the weekend, as reported in The Guardian.
The two Brazilian-born players clashed in City’s 3-0 win over the defending champions at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with the Blues striker reacting angrily to a physical confrontation.
At the half-time whistle Costa had to be held back by his Chelsea team-mates, as the former Atletico Madrid forward chased after the midfielder as they approached the tunnel.
Fernandinho has questioned Costa’s attitude and approach but claims that he did not want to be caught up in a stand-off.
“It was an accident and the nature of the game; it happens in football,” The Guardian quote Fernandinho as saying.
“He [Costa] is always trying to offend the opposition, but I keep calm and keep playing. I just didn’t want to fight or have any confrontation and just to play for my team.”
Fernandinho put in a commanding performance in the home side’s midfield that played a part in City’s telling victory, with the South American also getting forward to hit the decisive third goal in the win.
Costa is yet to score this season for the West London club, with the British public becoming used to the Spain international playing on the edge and bringing a physical approach to the Chelsea attack.