City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Diego Costa needs to improve
his temperament after the Chelsea striker was banned for three matches
for violent conduct on Friday.
The Spain international will miss
Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with City as well as Premier League
clashes with Aston Villa and Everton after failing with his appeal
against a Football Association charge for a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre
Can on Tuesday.
Costa was challenging for the ball by the
touchline in the first half of the League Cup semi-final second-leg tie
at Stamford Bridge when he forcefully stood on Can’s shin.
incident went unpunished during the match, which Chelsea won 1-0 to
progress to the final 2-1 on aggregate, as referee Michael Oliver did
not see the challenge.
Pellegrini urged the frontman to change his ways on the eve of the crunch clash at Stamford Bridge.
is a great player, a very important player,” said Pellegrini. “He has
his character, it is not an easy character but I hope for him, that this
punishment, I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow, I
think it will be a good thing for him to change in the future.
“He doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.”
were criticised last week when they were eliminated from the FA Cup by
Middlesbrough after spending the week in Abu Dhabi, but Pellegrini used
his news conference on Friday to aim a dig at Chelsea, who were knocked
out by League One side Bradford City.
“About last week, about Abu
Dhabi, another club that didn’t travel to Abu Dhabi also lost in the FA
Cup,” he added. “It was not the reason we lost.
“This week was a normal week and we worked well.”