The pair clashed during Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea, with the striker attempting to confront the Brazilian at half-time only to be restrained by his team-mates
The striker reportedly had to be stopped from confronting the City midfielder as the two headed off the pitch at the half-time interval, with the Spain international suffering a cut to the head during a earlier clash.
“It was an accident and the nature of the game. It happens in football,” Fernandinho is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“He [Costa] is always trying to offend the opposition, but I keep calm and keep playing. I just didn’t want to fight or have any confrontation and just to play for my team.”
Sunday’s commanding victory saw City build up a five-point lead over the Premier League champions after just two games and Fernandinho feels the squad is stronger than that which finished second last season.
He added: “It’s been a good way to start, two wins, six goals and none conceded. We have come to win the title this season.
“The manager prepared the team very well and we have started the Premier League very well and this is important because we have a long way to go and we are much stronger as a team.
“I’m proud of being part of this team and it’s the way we like to play, with a lot of intensity, control of the ball. We like to have possession and in both games we have played, we did it in the best way.
“The important thing is to win the title and if we can do it with style and by entertaining, it’s perfect. But if you cannot we have to be more consistent, especially in defending.
“We have got good players up front who can score a lot of goals, but the most important thing is to be consistent in defence and midfield as well.”