Sep 21, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
Lampard (85')
Fernandinho (12'), Zabaleta (32'), Silva (40'), Toure (44')
Zabaleta (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Schurrle (71')
Ramires (35'), Matic (39'), Costa (66'), Ivanovic (77')

Jose Mourinho defends Diego Costa approach

Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels that there is nothing wrong with Diego Costa's approach to the game amid criticism of his style of play.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended striker Diego Costa amid criticism of his physical style of play.

The 25-year-old has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge following his £32m move from Atletico Madrid in the summer, netting seven goals in four games for the Blues.

However, Costa was criticised by Roberto Martinez for his goading of Seamus Coleman in Chelsea's 6-3 win over Everton, and was also booked for simulation against Burnley.

Mourinho told reporters: "This is a completely fake point. Maybe it's a point based on what happened in previous seasons, not what happened here. Here he got the right advice, the right education.

"The referees are there to see the provocation. Diego is trying to play. He's not afraid of aggressive opponents.

"He doesn't let other players intimidate him. He's not there to provoke people. He's there to play football and to score goals."

Chelsea take on title rivals Manchester City in their Premier League clash later today.

Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates alongside Branislav Ivanovic as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
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