Simeone backs Costa to end goal drought

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has backed Diego Costa to break his LaLiga goal scoring drought.The Brazil-born Spanish international striker has failed to find the net in his last 17 top-flight appearances, but he scored against Monaco in the Champions League in September and hit a brace in Atletico’s UEFA Super Cup victory over rivals,Real Madrid.“Of course, he is working so that the goals return,” Simeone said at a post-match news conference after his side bounced back from a crushing 4-0 Champions League loss away to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad.“He is extraordinary and very important for us, for all the things he does in the dressing room. If you play like he did [against Sociedad], you are very close to scoring. It is the way.”Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez was withdrawn at half-time in the game against Sociedad as a precaution due to muscle fatigue, with Filipe Luis replacing him.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“At first [Lucas] started to feel a little pain, we knew that if he started feeling more, we would stop before there was anything worse,” Simeone said, according to FourFourTwo.“He has an extraordinary present and future and has Godin and Filipe that will not let him rest.”“They do not stop fighting. It is the strength of the team in recent years.”Simeone also revealed he is looking forward to watching Sunday’s El Clasico, although Atletico will be overtaken in the table by Barcelona if they avoid defeat against Madrid at Camp Nou.“I care about today,” he added. “[El Clasico] is a great game with two extraordinary teams, hopefully an encounter that we can all enjoy.”last_img

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