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I did not elbow 'fantastic' Costa, says Luiz

ESPN staff
March 13, 2015
Chelsea's horror show

David Luiz says he did not elbow Chelsea striker Diego Costa while Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic launched another attack on the Premier League leaders.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed Luiz should have been sent off for elbowing Costa during PSG's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that took the French side into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.

"Mourinho can say what he wants," Luiz told The Sun. "Maybe he should talk about when Costa gave me an elbow in the diaphragm early on.

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"I didn't elbow Costa. He's a very good friend and a fantastic guy It's always a battle to play against him and I'm very happy for him."

The Brazil international was seen exchanging words with Mourinho following the 31st-minute red card for the visitors' Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The former Chelsea defender, who only left the Premier League side last summer, revealed he had been telling his former boss who would have the last laugh.

"When I was by the touchline I was speaking with him about the red card. I always believe in my team and I just said how much I trusted us to win the game. And I was right. We did win."

Luiz played a major role in Chelsea's exit, scoring an 86th-minute equaliser with an imperious header after which he let his joy explode, contrary to earlier promises he would not celebrate should he find the net.

"Chelsea are normally strong at set-pieces so you do not expect to score against them like that but just because they conceded from corners, it does not mean they are not strong any more," said Luiz, whose goal forced extra-time before compatriot Thiago Silva struck in the additional period to take Laurent Blanc's men through.

"Chelsea are an amazing club, who gave me many things during my time in England. But now I am a Paris player and I am very happy to be here and into the next round of the Champions League.

"It was amazing, the spirit, the players gave everything. When we lost Ibra we said we had to keep it simple."

Ibrahimovic, 33, will have his case examined by UEFA next Thursday following his dismissal, which came following his challenge on Oscar.

The Sweden captain, who is likely to be given a one-game ban, initially called Chelsea's players "babies" for surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers after the tackle, and he has since compounded that criticism, The Sun has reported.

"It's ridiculous. The referee saw all their players jumping and waving. I was pissed off. I understood nothing - I did not think it was true when I walked off the pitch," said Ibrahimovic, who equalled Edgar Davids' Champions League record of four red cards.

"I did not know what I minded most, the referee or Chelsea players jumping around. If the referee gives a red card in one of these important matches, he must be 200% sure. He must know what he is doing and be in control."

Diego Costa and David Luiz were involved in several scuffles over the two legs © Getty Images
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