By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa were involved in a furious tunnel bust-up on Tuesday night, according to Sky Sports.
The Chelsea manager and striker were said to have had a “massive row” at the end of the first half of the team’s 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
The combustible Costa, who has developed a reputation for getting involved in physical altercations on the pitch, had to be held back by skipper John Terry following a reported war of words with his manager.
“Sky Sports reporter Ian Bolton has this interesting nugget from the Sammy Ofer Stadium…,” read the Sky Sports website’s live commentary at 8.37pm on Tuesday. “Mourinho and Costa had massive row at end of the first half – lots of pointing and shouting. Mourinho was quick down tunnel at the whistle – and John Terry was holding Costa back as he followed. Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Chelsea dressing room!”
Despite the reported bust-up with his under-pressure manager, Costa played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea moved top of Group G with a convincing win over 10-man Maccabi.
Goals from Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma clinched a second consecutive victory for Mourinho’s team and puts them in pole position to win their group.
But the alleged bust-up between Mourinho and one of his key players could dominate the news agenda in the coming days.
Costa has been involved in a series of incidents on the pitch this season and was handed a three-man retrospective ban for violent conduct after Chelsea’s 2-o win over Arsenal in September.