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The Blues boss is not happy with how his striker
has been painted as a villain by the British press
and the Football Association and insists the desire
to suspend him is "so big"

Jose Mourinho has suggested if he had a team of
players like Diego Costa that they'd always end up
suspended, taking a swipe at the striker's critics.

The Chelsea manager was angered by the FA's
decision to give the Spain international a three-
game retrospective ban for his antics in the Blues'
recent 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Costa tangled with both opponents Laurent
Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista in the game, with
the latter seeing red for his involvement in the
squabble, and the FA reacted by charging him for
violent conduct.

"I'm glad we don't have 11 Diego Costas in the
team because the desire to suspend him would be
so big," Mourinho said at a press conference ahead
of Chelsea’s Champions League match with Porto
on Tuesday, in which the striker is expected to

The Blues won their first European game of the
season 4-0 against Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford
Bridge, although their domestic form has not
impressed as they're placed 15th in the Premier

They had to come from two goals down just to
secure a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on
Saturday and Mourinho has called on his team to
put in a top performance for longer than a single
half against the Portuguese hosts.

"You can win matches by playing well for 45
minutes, but normally you have to play better for
more than 45 minutes," he added.

"To be untouchable in football, only consistency
can give you that status. Right now, we have
fantastic players but football is about today, not

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