Chelsea striker Diego Costa has denied he deliberately stamped on Liverpool`s Emre Can but admitted to being no angel on the field.
The Brazilian-born Spain international missed Saturday`s top-of-the-table 1-1 draw with Manchester City after serving the first of a three-game ban for the incident during Tuesday`s League Cup semi-final, second leg victory at Stamford Bridge.
“As far as what happened on Tuesday, the main thing is when I get home I can go home and I can go to sleep knowing that I’ve not done anything wrong, because I never meant to do that and it was not on purpose,” he told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
“And you can clearly see that on the video. But it is a suspension. Obviously I feel sad because I’m not going to be able to help the team, to play. But I have accept it and respect it.
“I`m not saying I`m an angel. I`m no angel. You can see that. But every time I play I will play the same way because that`s the way I am. That`s what I need to do in order to support my family.
“That’s my bread and butter, also that’s what I need to do for this club and for the fans of this club, for the supporters and for all the people involved in this club.”
The 26-year-old has proved an instant hit since joining from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid last year, scoring 17 league goals to help Chelsea open up a five-point lead after 23 matches in the English Premier League.
He has, though, received heavy criticism for Tuesday`s actions, which followed accusations of diving on more than one occasion.