Sep 21, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
1-1
Chelsea
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

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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1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
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12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
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