Finally Diego Costa has managed to break the jinx, as the Chelsea striker found the net twice in Spain’s 8-0 win over Liechtenstein.
Spain boss Julen Lopetegui also came out in support of the player, praising the 27-year-old for his incredible efforts on the field. Lopetegui said that Costa has proved that he is a great player, adding that attackers are judged on the basis of number of goals they score and Costa proved it by scoring two goals.
Costa has struggled to adapt to Spain’s playing style, as the former Brazil international had scored just 1 goal for the La Roza before this.
“In the end, the players are all master of their own destiny,” Lopetegui said at a news conference. “We try to help the players, but Diego is a great player and he showed as much today [Monday].
“Of course, attackers are judged on so much more than goals, but we are happy for Diego – and for Alvaro – that he scored two goals.”
Earlier Costa had claimed that he was unfairly treated by the Spanish press due to him not being a native Spanish.
However, a good run in the game saw Costa’s mood lighten as, “Not just the coach, but my team-mates always support me as well,” Costa said.
“I can only thank my team-mates. They never let me down and always support me.
“Things are going well for me at the moment.
“Sometimes bad things happen and an attacker needs goals. I got involved more and I knew the goals would come.”
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