first_imgAsked to justify Costas behaviour, Mourinho said that Asked to justify Costas behaviour, Mourinho said that the focus should instead be on Gabriels “mistake” in retaliating. When pressed on Costas apparent assault on Koscielny, he attempted a joke, telling his inquisitor: “I can guess that when you were a kid, you were playing badminton.” Costa was hit with a retrospective three-game ban for treading on Liverpools Emre Can in a League Cup tie last season and Wenger invited the Football Association to look at his latest indiscretion. But Mourinho, who left captain John Terry on the bench, said: “I think he said before the game that I have to cope with my defeats. Tonight (Saturday), he has to cope with his defeat.” After Gabriels dismissal, Kurt Zouma headed Chelsea in front from a Cesc Fabregas free-kick in the 53rd minute. Arsenal then lost Santi Cazorla to a second yellow card before Eden Hazard added the coup de grace with a deflected strike a minute from time. Wenger said it was “frustrating” to have conceded a goal from a set-piece and described Cazorlas dismissal, in the 78th minute, as “game over”. While Arsenal nurse their wounds after back-to-back defeats, following the mid-week 2-1 loss at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Chelsea are hopeful of a turnaround. Mourinhos men began their Champions League campaign by beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 and must now seek to whittle away Manchester Citys eight-point advantage in the Premier League. “In these two matches, we improved a lot, in many aspects,” said Mourinho, whose side launch their League Cup defence at Walsall on Wednesday. “Defensively, the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better than before. They created a compact zone and reacted very well when they lost the ball. “Sometimes against 10 men, teams play bad. We played very well against 10 men. We gave them no chance.” AFP AH AHadvertisementlast_img