Manchester United legend Gary Neville disagreed with the Liverpool manager's analysis of Diego Costa after the Blues beat Liverpool 1-0 on Tuesday night to secure a place in the Capital One Cup final.
Brendan Rodgers said Diego Costa wasn’t good for football after the Spain international stamped Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in the League Cup semi-final second-leg clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea leading goal scorer who signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer, received a three-match ban from the FA for violent conduct following the stamp on Emre Can.
And, former United captain Neville reckons the Liverpool boss remarks of the 26-year-old striker wasn’t the right assessment.
“Brendan Rodgers argued afterwards that Costa’s behaviour was not good for the game,” Neville told the Daily Telegraph.
“I actually felt it made the game. It was everything I expect to see in a high-intensity, quality game, and I have even more faith now in the piece I wrote three weeks ago, where I talked about this Chelsea team potentially dragging up the level of their rivals, so that we see high quality technical games in the Premier League with rivalry, passion and fight.”
“The first line of any book I would write on football philosophy is: “Be horrible to play against.” Diego Costa is horrible to play against and I applaud him for it,” Neville continued.
“Be horrible means: keep possession, run their legs down, run the clock down if you have to, be organised and compact, don’t get messed around physically and mentally by your opponent, test him every minute.
“There are players around now who fit that bill: Carlos Tevez, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and definitely Costa, whose conduct against Liverpool on Tuesday night prompted, in my view, a massive over-reaction.”
Costa who moved from Atletico to Chelsea has scored 17 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.