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Diego Costa speaks out after serving three-match ban


Chelsea striker Diego Costa has once again insisted that there was no malicious intent behind the stamp on Emre Can in Chelsea's 1-0 victory against Liverpool last month.

The Spaniard came under heavy fire after stamping on the Liverpool midfielder but was defended by manager Jose Mourinho who called the accident absolutely accidental.

The 26-year-old will be available for Chelsea's home game against Burnley on February 21 as he described himself as a fighter who gives everything on the pitch.

"My challenges are strong but noble at the same time," Costa told Sport magazine.

"Check my records, you'll find I've never caused a bad injury to a player.

"I consider myself a player who fights and gives everything on the pitch. Those who know me and appreciate those values understand what I say.

"The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions.

"Some of the kicks I suffer in England would be punished with a red card in Spain.

"I am getting used to getting kicked more than before. Premier League defenders are really strong and physical.

"In England, the referees don't call many fouls, as opposed to Spanish football. Consequently, you must be really strong all through the 90 minutes."

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