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Costa Throws Bib After Being Benched

Diego Costa had to sit and watch Chelsea draw 0-0 to Tottenham from the bench, as he was an unused substitute at White Hart Lane.

Costa warmed up in the second half, but as he returned to the bench he removed his warm up bib and threw it up in the air. The bib landed between manager Jose Mourinho and his assistant Steve Holland.

Mourinho said after the game that Costa was the last player to be benched and that he’s “privileged” to not have been benched before.

“Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be on the bench,” Mourinho told The Guardian.

“Everyone else has been left out: the captain, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, the vice-captain of England, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fàbregas, Pedro, Eden Hazard, the player of the season and Oscar. Everyone was on the bench and Diego was privileged because I kept him in the team for all these matches.

“Physically he is fine. No problems. He is working well every day. His mood is positive. He’s always a positive guy in the team. I was not expecting to have a player on the bench jumping and singing because he is not playing, unless you’re a kid who has a chance to go on the bench – Ruben, Kenedy feel being on the bench is one more step in their development.

“But for a top player, they’re not happy. His behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when he went to warm up. When I decided not to play him, he went [back to the bench]. And probably he is having something to eat now while waiting for us on the bus.”

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