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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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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink in press conference © 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 take on Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarter final. As the Blues come off the back of a disappointing defeat in the Champions League to PSG.

The FA Cup, now the only piece of silverware Chelsea can compete for the Blues fielded their strongest possible side. Hazard the only absentee from the side that played PSG and he was replaced for Nemanja Matic, as Fabregas pushed slightly further upfield.

After a very stop start first half hour, in which there were few chances created. A yellow card was given to Costa for a challenge on Barry. Soon followed by a nasty tackle by Coleman on Pedro in which the Spaniard took his time in returning to the action.

A half chance soon came for Everton after a long looping ball in from the right found Lukaku who managed to pull away from his defender but was always stretching and couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Courtois.

Chelsea had a sustained period of pressure in the Everton third of the pitch, easily passing the ball around, but unable to create any real chances of note. A quicker tempo was needed to break the well organised Everton defence.

It took till the 43rd minute for Chelsea to have their first shot on target. After Jagielka fouled Fabregas 30 yards from goal and was booked for his challenge. Willian went on to take the free-kick and fizzed a strike in that was tipped over by Robles.

The second half started just as slow as the first half had finished. Funes Mori found space at an Everton corner but could only head over.

But just as we approached the hour mark, Fabregas picked the ball up and drove into space to slide in Diego Costa who managed to round Robles but at an extremely tight angle rolled the ball across the Everton goal line. Just like on Wednesday Costa looks like the man to make something happen for Chelsea tonight.

Everton then came back in to the game, looking quick and precise on the counter attack and with Lukaku leading the line, he was nearly played in one on one with Courtois and just managed to get a toe to it, but the Belgian keeper managed to smother it away. One of Everton’s clearest sights of goal.

After his first half chance, Lukaku then went one better. An incredible run by the Belgian forward, beating off Ivanovic and Azpilicueta driving in to the box past Mikel and then dummied Cahill twice to strike low in to the far corner of the goal and make it 1-0 to Everton.

Lukaku soon had his second of the night, sinking Chelsea’s season. He was played in behind the Blues defence with Kenedy playing him onside and struck it with his right foot, through the legs of Courtois and make it 2-0.

The game had been threatening to boil over, and a frustrated Costa was fouled by Barry, got up and put his head into Barry’s and both were booked but it was a second yellow for Costa and subsequently got sent off. Just two minutes later Barry was booked for taking out Fabregas and both were down to 10 men for the final 5 minutes.

This poor performance from Chelsea has essentially brought an early end to a terrible season. The quicker it is over the better.

EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon (Stones 88′), McCarthy, Barkley (Besic 90+2), Lukaku (Niasse 90+4)

Unused subs: Howard, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Yellow cards: Jagielka, Barry

Red card: Barry 87′

Goals: Lukaku 78′ 82′

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy (Terry 83′); Mikel, Matic (Remy 81′); Willian (Oscar 73′), Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Unused Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.

Yellow cards: Costa , Fabregas 

Red cards: Costa 84′

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

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Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarter final. As the Blues come off the back of a disappointing defeat in the Champions League to PSG.

The FA Cup, now the only piece of silverware Chelsea can compete for the Blues fielded their strongest possible side. Hazard the only absentee from the side that played PSG and he was replaced for Nemanja Matic, as Fabregas pushed slightly further upfield.

After a very stop start first half hour, in which there were few chances created. A yellow card was given to Costa for a challenge on Barry. Soon followed by a nasty tackle by Coleman on Pedro in which the Spaniard took his time in returning to the action.

A half chance soon came for Everton after a long looping ball in from the right found Lukaku who managed to pull away from his defender but was always stretching and couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Courtois.

Chelsea had a sustained period of pressure in the Everton third of the pitch, easily passing the ball around, but unable to create any real chances of note. A quicker tempo was needed to break the well organised Everton defence.

It took till the 43rd minute for Chelsea to have their first shot on target. After Jagielka fouled Fabregas 30 yards from goal and was booked for his challenge. Willian went on to take the free-kick and fizzed a strike in that was tipped over by Robles.

A lacklustre first half at Goodison Park, in which Chelsea will need to pick up the tempo if their going to see themselves to Wembley.

EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku

Unused subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Yellow cards: Jagielka

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Unused Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.

Yellow cards: Costa

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

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