Ex-Chelsea man praised by £32m Diego Costa for spurring him on

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid star praises Tiago for helping him adapt to Champions League football.

Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa wasted no time finding the net in the Champions League last night, netting against AC Milan after just two minutes.

It's been quite a season for the striker, who played his first international game for Spain last week.

The Champions League has also been new for him, playing in the tournament with Atletico for the first time in his career this season, previously featuring in the Europa League and in it's old guise the UEFA Cup.

Going into last night he had an impressive five goals in four games in the tournament this season, and he credits his teammates including former Chelsea man Tiago in helping him adapt.

He told Gaceta: "My teammates always were telling me, Tiago especially, the Champions League is something else, another world. I really wanted to feel all this I said to my friends.

"It's different, it's awesome and it's a dream for any player to play and score goals in the Champions League."

Costa is certainly living the dream, and making good on the wait to play upon the big stage. His future has been much-discussed, but one certainty is that if he stays at Atletico, their superb La Liga form dictates he will be playing Champions League football again next season.

Chelsea are one of the side's most regularly linked to his signature, and former player Tiago could certainly give him the lowdown on playing at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho. All he has to do is ask...

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