PSG have stoked up the tension before Wednesday’s Champions League battle at Chelsea with a sly dig at Blues striker Diego Costa.
PSG’s official Twitter feed posted a photo series of masked movie characters, from Batman to Zorro, Spider-Man to The Scream killer along with a shot of Costa in the visor he wore to protect his broken nose last month. Readers were then invited to ‘spot the fraud’.
Vous avez trouvé le héros ? Ok, maintenant trouvez l'imposteur ! https://t.co/43863goxe1
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) March 8, 2016
But Chelsea’s interim boss Guus Hiddink has defended Costa’s behaviour and scoring record ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge.
Laurent Blanc warned his players to watch out for arch-antagonist Costa, who has scored 10 goals in 14 games under Hiddink, but has just one Champions League goal in two seasons and 14 games with the Blues.
Costa, available after missing last Saturday’s draw with Stoke as a precaution over a minor tendon problem, has a reputation for riling opponents. He has never been sent off for Chelsea, although he has served two retrospective three-match domestic bans in his two seasons in London.
‘I’m very proud of him the way he’s playing and, going not over the edge, but he likes to fight in the real way of the game,’ Hiddink said.
The 27-year-old has found his form in recent months after a disappointing start to the campaign
‘That’s what we like. I protect him and support him when he’s doing what he has done in my period at Chelsea.
‘He scored recently in not the worst league in the world. In the Premier League he frequently is scoring now, since December, January.
‘Before he had also this problem not scoring, as did the team. Let’s see and hope he can make it to the European level as well.’