Mourinho gags himself and still has a pop at the FA

Mourinho in no mood to smile at Walsall
Mourinho in no mood to smile at Walsall

Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho admitted he had to gag himself or risk a ban after Diego Costa was suspended by the Football Association.

The striker was handed a three-match ban for violent conduct following his clash with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny on Saturday.

Costa had denied an FA charge over the incident, not seen by referee Mike Dean, in which he appeared to raise his hands to Gunners defender Koscielny in the 2-0 win.

Earlier on Tuesday, Arsenal defender Gabriel won an appeal against his red card for confronting Costa after the initial incident.

Chelsea have stated they are "extremely disappointed" and, after Tuesday's 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Walsall, a clearly unhappy Mourinho refused to land himself in trouble.

He said: "If I bring examples, if I go deep and if I bring feelings into the discussion a big suspension will be waiting for me and I don't want that.

"The team doesn't need that, the team lost an important player for three matches and I don't think they need to lose their manager.

"Every time you lose a player it's not good for the team. It's easier to accept an injury but this kind of situation goes much more deeper in feelings and the team is hurt.

"Obviously the team is hurt but as I was saying although I don’t play, score goals, and tackle, my communication on the pitch is positive for the team, so I prefer to be quiet."

He then offered up this barb towards the FA after they decided to rescind the red card handed out to Gabriel at Stamford Bridge last Saturday as he stated:

"Now we know something, that retaliation is allowed now. No problem, you can do it."

Mourinho declared himself satisfied with John Terry's return to action and praised Radamel Falcao's performance on a night when goals from Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy and Pedro eased the cup holders into the fourth round.

"It was not easy," added Mourinho. "We started very well. Immediately we had one or two chances, we scored the goal and we showed them that despite the fact they are a good side and they play good football we were not here to make mistakes and throw the competition away.

"When you start the season with bad results like we have, we could not lose against a League One team.

"You can do that when the season is fantastic and you are top of the league, but to lose a game against a League One team now wouldn’t be good for us. We don’t need that bad feeling, we need good feelings.

"The team was strong and played well. I’m happy with the result and individually it was good for the players too."