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After John Terry also Thibaut Courtois takes Instagram to send an apologies message to Chelsea fans after being knocked out from the FA Cup by Everton, losing the last target of this bad season.

The Belgian goalkeeper wrote on his profile:

“Disappointed with the result yesterday! We will do everything to end as high as possible in the league! #CFC”

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John Terry’s 700th game for Chelsea, most of them as a captain and leader of the team, couldn’t be more bitter.

The Blues skipper entered in the last minutes of one of the most disappointing games of this Chelsea disgraceful season and seemed one of the view, not to say the only one, that was really in pain to be knocked out from the FA Cup, the last trophy Chelsea was challenging for in this campaign.

The Chelsea legend took Instagram this morning to thank the fans for their support and to express his feelings after this bittersweet game.

Here is his post:

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Although Diego Costa received a red card in yesterday’s FA Cup game with Everton, it was actually a second yellow card rather than a straight red. Head referee Howard Webb told Fletch and Sav that he shouldn’t receive any further punishment because even though his behaviour was unacceptable, it still falls short of violent conduct and does not warrant further action.

“The outcome was correct – I think Costa deserved to go. I’m pretty certain Michael Oliver has cautioned him the second time for unsporting behaviour; part of that can be what’s called adopting an aggressive attitude. It covers a multitude of sins, but it’s something that falls short of violent conduct.

“When you look at what Costa does, he goes head-to-head with Gareth Barry. He reacts in a way that’s not acceptable, but it’s not violent, just because it looks like Costa thinks about biting him, he suddenly comes to his senses and doesn’t. And we pick up on the smile that he makes. Gareth Barry does do him a favour by not reacting. I think if he’d bitten Barry, Barry would have reacted anyway.”

 

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According to the Sunday Supplement panel, Costa had an ulterior motive for his unacceptable behaviour at Goodison Park yesterday in which he received a red card late on and appeared to bite Everton midfielder Gareth Barry.

The Sun‘s European football correspondent Antony Kastrinakis told the Sunday Supplement that he believes Costa‘s action to be part of a plan.

“Costa had exactly the same reputation at Athletico Madrid as he has developed in England. His behaviour over the last few months is purely to show Roman Abramovich that he wants out.

“He wanted out last May. There were stories from various friends of his that he wanted to return to Atletico Madrid. It could have been done in January when Athletico made a bid, but Chelsea would not let him go.

“I think all of this is his frustration, because he wants to play elsewhere.”

Also, the Daily Star‘s chief sports writer Jeremy Cross believes there is more to the incident than meets the eye.

“There is probably an ulterior motive to his behaviour, but he is idolised by children all over Europe and here in the Premier League – you just don’t do it.

“It just sums him up. He obviously has a switch that goes on and off.

“Chelsea will worry because he will have a reputation that precedes him with referees, and opposition players will be out to wind him up.”

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During yesterday’s fiery FA Cup clash between Everton and Chelsea, in which Everton won 2-0, Diego Costa saw red. In the 84th minute, Everton midfielder Gareth Barry fouled Costa and the Chelsea striker angrily retaliated. He pushed his head into Barry‘s and then Spanish forward appeared to bite him on his neck.

After the game Diego Costa apologised for the incident and says he regrets acting like he did, he also claimed to have not bitten the England international.

Gareth Barry has today backed Diego Costa‘s claims. Barry wrote on the fanzai app that he wasn’t bitten by Costa.

“Seen a lot of talk about the incident involving me and Diego Costa in the game last night.

“For the record, Diego did not bite me.”

It seems that Barry‘s statement would erase the possibility of Costa facing a biting charge from the FA but it is believed that they are waiting on the report from referee Michael Oliver before making any final judgements.

 

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Ruud Gullit, former Chelsea manager, told BBC Sport: “Romelu Lukaku scored a fantastic goal. The way he turned Gary Cahill, an experienced player, he came with power and pace. This game needed something magical, I loved it. This is the FA Cup, it is a good thing that the two teams had nothing to play for elsewhere”

Then, he added: “Diego Costa ’s reaction summed up what he did before. He banged into him and Gareth Barry says, ‘OK’. Did he bite him?”

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “It is a fantastic feeling, more than anything the atmosphere that was created. Every one of us will take it away. I am the one bringing expectation and every single player at the club has the right mental character. We wanted to get to Wembley and our chairman deserves that for what he has achieved.”

Speaking about Romelo Lukaku‘s great performance, he said: “His goal was one of the greatest goals we will see in the FA Cup. We had the responsibility to relieve the pain and did that in the last 12 minutes. Today was the complete feeling.”

About Diego Costa‘s tussle with Gareth Barry: “I can’t comment if Diego Costa did anything. It is a game full of emotions and there were two sending-offs, the referee played a very good game.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

After losing to Everton in the FA Cup, Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “Everyone knows where Chelsea were. The first task was to get out of the relegation zone and we did that fast, we went from 16th to 10th. Then there were two cups at stake. it is important now that we have the pride to play when there is nothing much at stake.”

“There is a lot of emotions still going on after the game, but when I tried to calm down and analyse, the team did rather well for 70 minutes and then we conceded. The energy was out and we had a few injuries. I cannot criticise our attitude but the sharpness was left around the box.

About Lukaku:”We knew already Romelu Lukaku was making his goals, he is a good guy, a good player.

Then, he added: “I didn’t see the Diego Costa incident. If I had have seen it I would give proper comment so it is difficult to give a comment on that. It was a tough game between all the players involved, they were going after him a little bit. The referee don’t have to protect but must know when they are going after them.”

 

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku: “If we work hard and are clinical offensively and defensively, we have a chance.”

“It feels great, I am just happy for the team and to do something we wanted. Now we have 90 minutes to go and we delivered a good performance after the loss against West Ham.

“I think the first goal is the best thing, I didn’t know where I was going but then I was in the box. I saw Gary Cahill not know where he was going so I shifted it onto my left foot.”

“It was just another goal and happy for the team. If you wan to win cups, you have to beat the big teams.

“I don’t think I have anything to prove to Chelsea, I went there as an 18-year-old and learnt the trade of being a professional footballer. I will always be grateful to them.”

 

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Chelsea starting XI:

Courtois 5- No big saves to make, but couldn’t keep out Lukaku. First strike unstoppable but the second was drilled between his legs. A poor season for Courtois.

Azpilicueta 4- Couldn’t get going when pushing forward, with no real influence on the match, shrugged off by Lukaku for his first.

Ivanovic (c) 4- Completely out of his depth all season. Overpowered by Lukaku for his first. Showed very few signs of leadership.

Cahill 3- Turned inside out for Lukaku’s first goal, pretty much falling over himself. His standards have become lower and lower throughout the season.

Kenedy 4- Played fairly well going forward. But played Lukaku onside for his second goal. Is not a natural left-back and should not be playing there.

Mikel 4- Overrun in midfield, looking like the immobile player he was under Mourinho. Couldn’t get anything going from midfield.

Matic 4- More agile then Mikel in the middle, but can’t reach the heights of last season. Looked to push forward but couldn’t influence the game.

Willian 5- Chelsea’s stand out player of the season couldn’t find a way through. His first half free kick was well saved by Robles.

Fabregas 5- Picking the ball up all over the field. A lovely pass played in Costa but couldn’t find enough space in forward positions.

Pedro 4- Ineffective out wide on the left, has plenty of energy, but couldn’t find an end product and his first touch was suspect at times.

Costa 5- Although he was sent off in the closing minutes, he looked like the man to make things happen and brought the passion needed for a quarter final. More players need to take note. Can’t be going over the top like he did tonight.

Subs:

Oscar 4- Only came on with 15 minutes to go, in a difficult period for Chelsea, but he seems to have lost his way in the last year or so.

Remy- N/A

Terry- Came on for his 700th club appearance in the final few minutes. Surely needs to be given a new deal with Chelsea in this mess.

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 4- The team did not need two holding midfielders in Matic and Mikel. This was needed on Wednesday night against PSG to keep the game tight. But they lacked creativity with both of them in there.

Kenedy is not a left back and was suspect for Lukaku’s second. Chelsea have two key defenders out and a £20 million defender in Baba Rahman still can’t get in to the team.

The Blues worst performance during Hiddink’s reign. With the season now effectively over, Chelsea need to use the final few games of the season to build ahead.

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