Football

Mourinho lauds Costa, lambasts fragile backline

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Diego Costa as the complete striker after his side's 6-3 Premier League win over Everton, but is concerned opponents will try to get the Spain international sent off.

The Brazil-born Costa scored twice in a thrilling match at Goodison Park to take his tally to four goals in three games, and maintained Chelsea's winning start to the season.

Mourinho bought Costa for £32 million ($66m) from Atletico Madrid during the close season to add more firepower to a Chelsea side that managed 71 goals last season.

That figure was way behind champions Manchester City (102) and runners-up Liverpool (101) last term, but Mourinho expects more with a lethal finisher in his side.

"It was the complete performance of a striker," Mourinho said. "The perfect performance in every aspect.

"In the first half, he was tackling, he recovers balls, he holds the ball, and his movement was quality. Everything was really good.

"Diego had three chances and he scored two goals. He is a good finisher and he gives us a lot. In the end, we are killers in attack."

Mourinho was, however, disappointed with the manner in which Everton's players attempted to provoke Costa during the game, which earned him a booking.

"I was not happy with the way some Everton players tried to create problems with Diego," added Mourinho.

"I don't think it is in keeping with the Everton team, because they are positive in every aspect, to be chasing cards for a player who was here to play football.

"At the end of the story, Diego is maybe be the best player in the opening Premier League matches. But he has two yellow cards. That is disappointing."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez responded to Mourinho's criticism, adamant that Costa must learn to adjust to the different sporting ethos of the Premier League.

"I am disappointed if a manager is complaining about the attitude of the players," Martinez added.

"I think certain foreign players, when they come to the Premier League, need to understand the ethics and the culture.

DIFFERENT CULTURE

"That's something he (Costa) will learn about. There is a professionalism in this league which he needs to understand."

Mourinho also criticised his side's defensive frailties after they allowed Everton to reduce the deficit on three occasions before they found the extra bit of quality required.

He added: "In training during the week, we worked on defensive corners and free-kicks, so imagine how happy I am with the result of our work.

"I may as well have stayed at home with my wife and kids. It's possible to have lots of goals, but we make defensive mistakes."

Not surprisingly, Martinez was also unhappy with Everton's defensive display, although he felt it was a mind-set issue.

"It's not the technicality, it's the feeling," added Martinez. "I wouldn't be too worried about it because of the opposition...

"But we need to be a bit more positive at what we are good at defensively." - AFP.

"In the first half, he was tackling, he recovers balls, he holds the ball, and his movement was quality. Everything was really good."

- Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Diego Costa