Diego Costa refused to warm up with his teammates ahead of kick-off, and seems to have launched a bib at manager Jose Mourinho. He was also seen eating lunch on the team bus all by himself after being named substitute for their draw with Tottenham.
The striker was dropped for the match at White Hart Lane following his poor form this season. He has only scored one goal in 10 games. Loic Remy was unavailable after his partner had a baby on Saturday and Radamel Falcao was injured, but Mourinho opted for Eden Hazard instead.
Costa’s anger became apparent when he did not appear in the pre-match warm-up with the rest of the squad and prepared for the match elsewhere in White Hart Lane alone.
Although he warmed up on the touchline with his fellow substitutes when asked to by Mourinho during the match, Costa reacted pettily to not making it on to the pitch.
Mourinho brought Ruben Loftus-Cheek on in the second minute of stoppage time and Costa returned to his seat in the dug out to launch his pink bib over his shoulder narrowly missing his boss’s head. The training top sailed behind Mourinho’s right shoulder but the Chelsea boss seemed oblivious about it as the top flew to the ground.
“If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib,” Mourinho said.
“I have a good relationship with him, no problem.”
Costa did not appear for the post-match warm-down either. Only Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy and Papy Djilobodji were out on the pitch doing light jogging and stretching.
“He was ready to play when he went to warm-up,” Mourinho said. “When I decided not to play him, he went. And probably he is eating while waiting for us in the bus.”
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, who sat next to the forward on the White Hart Lane bench, appeared to giggle as the bib fell behind Mourinho and his coaching staff.
Costa has managed to score just three goals in the Premier League this season.
Just five days back, the pair had a blazing row on the pitch at half-time of their win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League. Mourinho felt that his forward was not making the correct runs and Costa took it otherwise.
Afterwards the Portuguese claimed that they sorted out the disagreement with “a few kisses and a few cuddles” during the break but in the next match Costa was on Chelsea’s bench for the first time this season.
Speaking about Costa, Mourinho further added: “Physically he is fine. No problems. He is working well every day. His mood is positive. He’s always a positive guy in the team. I was not expecting to have a player on the bench jumping and singing because he is not playing, unless you’re a kid who has a chance to go on the bench – Ruben or Kenedy feel that is one more step. But for a top player, they’re not happy.”