Chelsea striker Diego Costa was once again doing what he does best on Saturday: scoring goals and leading his side to victory.
The Spain international found the target twice against Everton at Goodison Park to help the Blues to a thrilling 6-3 away win and maintain their perfect start to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign (click here to read more).
However, there were one or two incidents on Saturday during which Costa acted rashly and showed his temper.
The £32 million signing from Atletico Madrid clashed with Seamus Coleman and Tim Howard after the former’s own goal midway through the second half. He had also been booked earlier in the second period.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that the Everton players were trying to work up Costa, but Toffees boss Roberto Martinez believes that the former Braga star needs to learn about the culture of British football and show his opponents more respect.
‘There are certain foreign players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture’, BBC Sport quotes him as saying.
‘The behaviour in the British game is unique. The last thing you want to see is disrespect from a player to another player and I am sure he will learn that very quickly.
‘There is a real professionalism and respect in the league so you can understand why the players weren't happy with that, in the same way as trying to buy free-kicks with the way he plays’.
Costa has a reputation of being a hot-tempered player from his days at Atletico and has already earned two yellow cards in three Premier League appearances so far this season.
Some players are aggressive in nature – it is what makes them the players they are. But Martinez’s comments about Costa’s need to show more respect to his opponents cannot be ignored. The 25-year-old also needs to be aware that the opposition will try to take advantage of his temper.
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