The Chelsea striker Diego Costa admits his goal drought for Spain was weighing on his mind after scoring for the first time in the 4-0 win over Luxembourg yesterday.
Brazil born Diego Costa chose to play for Spain earlier this year but he failed to score a single goal in World Cup while his poor run continued in Euro 2016 qualifiers also as he missed many clear chances of scoring the goal.
Costa moved to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window. He has scored 9 goals so far for Chelsea and claimed today that he feels relieved now.
“It was bothering me. It played on my mind and the team lost last week that also really bothered me. This goal has given me new life,” Costa told RTVE. “The ball broke loose and I just had to force it in. I have to thank the coach for his support. With every game he gave me a new opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has said that he never had any doubts over the goal scoring ability of Diego Costa.
Speaking in a press conference after the match, Del Bosque said that: “We all wanted it, and we’re very happy. Costa has always moved well and worked hard. He will be a very important player for us in the future. He wants to back with goals everything we have given him. He has a good understanding with Alcácer. At half time I told him to relax. We all noticed he was a little nervous, unsatisfied with himself, that he was searching for the answer. When a player puts in as much [as Costa], he will always end up passing the exam.”
The Spain boss Del Bosque chose to field a relatively younger side in a game against Luxembourg and the coach said that he is happy with the performance of his players but improvement is required.
“We should have got forward more and tried to find more rhythm. In the second half we went out expecting more; it was less attractive but effective. We stopped playing a little and the football was slower and not very pretty for the spectators. Our system was very different to the one in the previous match.”
Spain captain Iker Casillas was rested in a game against Luxembourg and Del Bosque said that it was a part of his rotation policy. “We had decided to make changes and we have to make sure there is an easy transition. Both can play. They have to get used to the change bit by bit, as much David [De Gea] as Iker.”