Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says that Diego Costa must focus on what he is good at, but cannot rule out his emotions running high.
New Blues interim boss Hiddink revealed sympathy for Costa’s Stamford Bridge plight this term, which has seen the 27-year-old muster just four goals in 21 appearances.
Costa was criticised for throwing a bib in the direction of Jose Mourinho during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Tottenham on November 29, frustrated at remaining an unused substitute.
“He’s an emotional guy, and there was something with a bib,” said Hiddink of Costa, who hit 20 goals last term but has now drawn a five-game blank.
“Sportsmen are allowed to show a bit of emotion, but they must know five or 10 seconds later that they’re wrong. I think he can focus on what he is able to do.
“I cannot guarantee there won’t be an outburst from him or others, but they have to focus on what they’re good at. What I’ve experienced in the last few days, and with the last game he played – he was in control.
“He was focused more on what he is hired for here, which is helping to score or assist and not going into other things. I think he was well controlled when I experienced him now in the last days. I cannot have any complaints about him.”