‘Manchester City must ignore Costa wind-up tactics’
A Manchester City star has warned his team-mates not to fall into the trap of reacting to the striker’s provocative styleFernando says Manchester City must “ignore” the wind-up tactics of Chelsea’s Diego Costa when the two sides meet in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.
The Spain international has enjoyed some heated exchanges with City, and the match in London is expected to be no different.
Fernando is braced for what the 27-year-old has to offer and says his team-mates must keep their cool.
“We know what he is like, what he will do,” Fernando told The Sun. “Costa is always the same. He tries to obstruct opponents, to wind them up.
“But we know what to expect from him. He always tries to provoke.
“What we have to do is ignore this, to concentrate on ourselves, to focus on what we can do to win the game. There are other players in the Chelsea team to think about anyway.
“What we cannot allow ourselves to do is obsess about Costa.”